September 28, 2010
Non Members: $300.00
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This program is a rebroadcast of the original program. It is offered again due to popular demand, in case you were not able to attend. This event will be streamed to you and will require use of your computer’s speakers.
REBROADCAST of Urban Street Trees
Why all the fuss about street trees? Increasing your city's tree canopy with
properly selected, placed and spaced urban street trees provides many benefits
to residents and businesses.
Trees are an extremely important component of urban environments providing
shading and cooling during warm weather, slowing of winter winds, screening of
unsightly views and separation for inconsistent land uses. They function as
valuable components of urban ecosystems by absorbing carbon dioxide and other
pollutants, while at the same time generating life-giving oxygen. Mature trees
improve the aesthetic environment, absorb noise, are traffic calming, reduce
stress and crime, and create an inviting place to relax or socialize.
After this program, participants will better be able to:
This program has been approved for .2 CEUs or 2 PDHs. The form to request
these credits is included in the handouts for this program. Please note there is
a $5 fee per individual requesting CEUs. For additional CEU information, please
- Identify benefits of urban street trees in their community
- Develop a plan to increase the community’s tree canopy
- Determine how street trees can transform city space into liveable
The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
Port Townsend, WA
Dan Burden is an internationally recognized photographer and authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, livable communities, healthy streets, smart growth, traffic calming, and other design and planning concepts and tools bonding urban land form with transportation. Dan helped initiate and has 35 years of experience in the active living and livable communities field. He served for 16 years as Florida DOT’s first State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.
In 1996, Dan founded Walkable Communities, Inc. This nonprofit group assists North American communities in becoming more walkable, more complete. In 2005, Dan and Walkable Communities joined Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc., where Dan now works as a Principal and Senior Urban Designer.
Glatting Jackson is recognized throughout North America for its excellence in context sensitivity, healthy and livable communities designs. The firm’s innovative urban transportation planning/urban design section attracts, sparks and fuels the creative spirit of the most talented street, neighborhood and town makers. For more info, go to www.glatting.com or www.walkable.org.
||Raj Mohabeer, RPP, MCIP, RLA, ASLA, AICP, LEED®AP
Manager - Sustainability Office
Office of the CAO
Town of Markham, ON
Raj is a registered landscape architect and certified planner. He is currently responsible for creating the Town of Markham’s “Green Print” Community Sustainability Plan He joined the Town of 300,000 people in September 2008 as a senior project coordinator for urban design after twelve years as a senior associate with the Florida based community planning firm Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc. While in the United States he managed significant planning and design efforts including streetscaping and downtown revitalization efforts for waterfront communities in Florida and the landscape architecture elements of the environmental impact assessment for the Central Florida Light Rail System. He has served as a project manager and designer for streetscape projects, for various stages from concept development through construction, throughout the US and Canada. Significantly, building upon his interest and experience in context sensitive transportation solutions, he led the planning component for the feasibility assessment to dismantle New Jersey Highway Route 29 to reconnect Trenton, New Jersey, with the Delaware River to reinforce Trenton’s walkable downtown. In addition to his current work with the Community Sustainability Plan, he is responsible for the development of sustainable development and built-form guidelines for the Town of Markham. Mr. Mohabeer was granted a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with honours from the University of Guelph in 1995.
City of Sanford, FL
Christopher Smith has been a successful leader in public administration as a project planner and designer for many award winning public and private projects for more than two decades. In 1996, he joined the City of Sanford, providing premium planning efforts during an aggressive revitalization and rebuilding of the city.
As a governmental planning professional, Chris has extensive experience working with many federal, local and state and education agencies – completing many recent cooperative and unique projects such as an aquatic center, historic stadium and a interactive civic water park. He successfully completed two internationally recognized City projects: the Sanford RiverWalk and the First Street Streetscape. Together these projects set the theme place making for the city, nearly doubling its population in ten years.
Chris is active in many civic and communal organizations and currently serves on MetroPlan and many other advisory and recommending planning boards providing project presentation, successful legislative briefings and grant coordination. He is scheduled to graduate in the fall of 2010 from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Public Administration and a minor in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in education and facility sustainability.
City of Sanford, FL
Elizabeth Harkey has worked in agriculture for the last 30 years. In 1999, she joined the City of Sanford Parks Department doing pest control and ornamental and turf spraying having the public, commercial, and private pesticide licenses needed for the job.
In 2004, Elizabeth became an ISA certified arborist and the Urban Forester for the City of Sanford. Her job began by handling two hurricane grants for tree mitigation and open space restoration after Hurricanes Jeanne, Charlie, and Frances. Elizabeth also handled a tree distribution grant, urban and community forestry grant and a tree giveaway grant.
As the city’s arborist, Elizabeth works with many nursery owners, contractors, engineers, and the public. She, with the parks department and street department and private contractors, handle all of the city's structural pruning, tree removals, and new tree planting. She has overseen four successful tree giveaways totaling 4300 trees given to Sanford residents.
Successful projects incluyde planting 570 trees after the 2004 hurricanes due to the loss of much of Sanford’s urban forest and the planting of 45 Medjool Date Palms in Veterans Memorial Park. She is currently on the Urban Forestry Council Executive Committee and the FYN Advisory Committee for Seminole County, and works with the extension services and the Division of Forestry to promote sound urban forestry policies and practices by educating citizens in the community.
Elizabeth is also certified by the Florida Green Industries in Best Management Practices.