2017 Mayors’ Symposium & Statewide Arbor Day Celebration

The 2017 Mayors’ Symposium & Statewide Arbor Day Celebration
Trees Atlanta, the Georgia Forestry Commission, and the Georgia Urban Forest Council presented the second annual Mayors’ Symposium on Trees and statewide Arbor Day Celebration  February 14th at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center. The 2017 event focused on model sustainable corporate and college campuses, including Chick-fil-A, Georgia Tech’s EcoCommons, and the Living Buildings Challenge. Innovations implemented on campuses are demonstrating urban forests as an integral part of campus and city design. We heared from mayors from Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Dunwoody, as well as the city manager of Doraville, who are collaborating across city boundaries for better community outcomes. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Atlanta’s new Chief Resilience Officer, addressed the importance of city forests in our sustainability efforts. Robert Farris, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission helped recognized new and renewing Tree City USA communities, Tree Line USA utility companies, and Tree Campus USA colleges.   Approximately 100 people were in attendance.