Session 1: Identifying Vulnerabilities & Taking Action Toward Climate Resilience
The impacts of climate change—including higher temperatures, heavier rain, more frequent and intense droughts, wildfires, floods, and sea-level rise—are affecting public gardens. Many gardens use a climate-smart approach: investing in activities that build resilience and capacity while reducing risk. Chicago Botanic Garden’s Connect project inspires and coordinates climate change education initiatives across three states. The Earth Partnership Program based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum establishes school restoration projects. Case studies will illustrate how public gardens have integrated data collection tools for program impact. Find out how a partnership between the American Public Gardens Association and NOAA provides opportunities to address the impacts of climate change.
Presenters: S.P. Beck, American Public Gardens Association, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; T. Houston, N. Gardiner , NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, North Carolina; T. Magellan, Montgomery Botanical Center, Coral Gables, Florida.
Session 2: The Ecological Atlas Project: Building Ecological Literacy through Art, Science & Technology
This presentation will show the profound role that art, science, and technology play in building ecological literacy and resilience. Presented by award-winning landscape architect and educator, Roberto Rovira, it will share the compelling premise and progress of his Ecological Atlas Project. Roberto was recently recognized by the Architectural League as a 2015 Emerging Voice, one of the most coveted awards in North American Architecture, which spotlights individuals with the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism.
Presenters: R.J. Rovira, Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design, Florida International University, Coral Gables, Florida.