Embracing Green Cities

As the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council (LUFC) “Building Green Cities” workshop grows in popularity throughout the State, TreesAcadiana, with the help of some heavy-hitting sponsors, brings the program to Lafayette for the first time.  On Thursday, November 10, the LUFC “Building Green Cities” full-day workshop will be presented at South Louisiana Community College.  According to TreesAcadiana President Sarah Schoeffler, “The program targets planners, developers, architects, arborist, and landscape architects; however, interest carries over to the educators and the general public, as well.”

The workshop’s six sessions include:

•    Smart Growth: Tomorrow’s Vision: Plan without losing charm and ambiance.
•    Urban Sprawl and Urban Ecosystems: Balance between the built and natural environments.
•    An Affordable Means of Urban Forestry.
•    The Visual Effects of Green Laws: Ordinances as effective tools for preserving nature.
•    Successful Urban Forestry: Examples and Benefits Derived.
•    The Process of Implementing Your Project Ideas: From brainstorming through construction and maintenance.

LUFC Executive Director Michael Knobloch (center) and President Steve Shurtz confer with TreesAcadiana's Sarah Schoeffler about the Building Green Cities workshop at the group’s 2011 General Meeting which took place in March.

Presenters include Stephen Shurtz, Dana Brown, Keith Villere, D. Scott Courtright, Chad Danos and Darren Green.  These experts have served in numerous advisory capacities within and beyond the state, both nationally and internationally, and have received notable awards and recognitions.  They cumulatively offer over 120 years of experience in their field.

Spearheaded by TreesAcadiana, the workshop has been endorsed by the generous sponsorship of the American Institute of Architects South Louisiana Chapter, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Natural Awakenings Magazine publishers Steve and Michele Castille, Corne-Lemaire Group and MBSB Group architectural firms, Van Eaton & Romero Real Estate, the cities of Abbeville (“Keep Abbeville Beautiful”), Carencro, Scott, Youngsville and City-Parish President Joey Durel, as well as the League of Women Voters, the Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association, Lafayette Garden Club, ULL’s SPEAK and ULL Professor Jim Foret.

“We still have some space available,” Schoeffler notes, “But those who are interested will want to enroll quickly. The workshop is already at 70 percent capacity.” To register, either call 234-4042 or email before November 7.  Registrants will be receiving a confirmation of their enrollment closer to the workshop date.

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