Sarah Kathryn Mincey, Associate Director, Integrated Program in the Environment, Indiana University
Heather Reynolds, Associate Professor of Biology, Indiana University (moderator)
Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service and Baltimore Urban Long-term Ecological Research Project
Howard Rosing, Director of the Steans Center at DePaul University and a leader in the Chicago Urban
Agriculture Mapping Project
Andre Denman, Principle Park Planner & Greenways Manager, Indianapolis
Karen Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail
David Bodenhamer, Executive Director of The Polis Center
David Forsell, President, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Around the world, biodiverse green spaces in cities are increasingly recognized as “green infrastructure” capable of providing lower cost, more resilient, and healthier services to humans than the corresponding energy-intensive “gray infrastructure” of the built environment. The benefits of urban trees alone provide billions of dollars of value each year and produce their own energy! To manage green infrastructure for resilient cities, we must know what we have – both in terms of the natural components of green infrastructure as well as the social structures that support it. Yet, relative to the accounting of gray infrastructure, or to large parks and nature preserves, we lack complete inventories of urban green infrastructure.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts and workshop participants to advance a set of best practices for developing a comprehensive inventory and analytical strategy for urban green infrastructure (UGI). We will consider multiple forms of UGI including urban forests, waterways, agriculture, parks and greenways, as well as the social and institutional structures that support them. The workshop will consist of presentations by experts in the field (~1 hour) followed by break-out groups engaging all participants and invited experts (~1 hour), and end with a facilitated discussion of best practices (~1 hour).