Wild Ideas Worth Sharing

Indian PaintbrushThe Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series, held in collaboration with the Academy of Science St. Louis, offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region and world. A diversity of people share stories and insights from real-world projects happening in the region and around the world, and challenge us to wildly rethink how we live, work and play.

Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis and the 100+ organizations within its network, the Wild Ideas series returns in 2019 with a line-up of local and global perspectives on how cities, communities and entire cultures can live in ways that enable a greater diversity of life to survive and thrive:

February 12, 2019, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Calculating Tree Benefits: Easy as One, Two, Tree

We know trees can provide significant ecosystem services on a project but these benefits are often overlooked. Now, with tools in the iTree suite of software from the USDA Forest Service planners and designers can easily calculate the air, water, and energy impacts of existing landscape trees. The tools also support projections over time to demonstrate the future performance of proposed and newly planted trees. This session will cover the available iTree tools and showcase examples of how this data can be used to support sustainable projects as well as public engagement. We will also explore the growing scientific research that demonstrates the positive impact of trees and public health and well being.

When we can show trees improve key community challenges like air/water quality, crime, residential home values, youth education, and local economies, they become elevated from a nicety to a necessity. As the St. Louis region continues to invest in strategic community planning, we can leverage the quantitative and qualitative benefits of trees as a tool to improve environmental conditions and overall well-being of vulnerable communities in low canopy areas.

Meridith Perkins Meridith Perkins, Senior Urban Forestry Consultant, Davey Resource Group
Meridith Perkins manages the Missouri Urban Forestry Manager for Davey Resource Group. Meridith has spent 20 years helping municipal governments across the country better understand, care for, and benefit from their community trees. As a native to St. Louis, Meridith is excited to lead the Missouri team that supports making tree management easy, effective and budget friendly! Meridith has a forestry degree from the University of Missouri and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, qualified as a Tree Risk Assessor and Municipal Specialist.

Tom EblingTom Ebeling, Community Forester, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
Tom has been with Forest ReLeaf since 2016. He attended the University of Missouri, Columbia where he received a Bachelors in Urban Forestry and a minor in Plant Sciences. As Community Forester, Tom’s responsibilities include community outreach and education, volunteer coordination, oversight of the Plant MOre Trees app, and assisting with forestry programs operation. He also teaches Forestry related courses throughout the year.

Missouri Botanical Garden
Ridgway Visitor Center - Shoenberg Theater
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Free event, but registration required.

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Presented by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Academy of Science of St. Louis, and U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter.

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Chartered in 1856, The Academy of Science of St. Louis is an independent science organization dedicated to advancing the public understanding of science and promoting interest in the sciences to students and adults through accessible, year-round seminars and educational initiatives.

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BiodiverseCity St. Louis is a growing network of organizations and individuals throughout the greater St. Louis region who share a stake in improving quality of life for all through actions that welcome nature into our urban, suburban and rural communities.


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