More than 200 people joined us on January 19th, 2017 for the DuPage Environmental Summit to learn about Landscaping For a Healthier Life.
At The Conservation Foundation, our mission to preserve nature is not solely for nature’s sake. We believe strongly that those who see, experience, contemplate, and otherwise interact with nature in their lives can experience a deeper health, healing and happiness than those who don’t.
The 2017 DuPage Environmental Summit, organized in partnership with DuPage County, was built around this concept. Summit participants learned about our regional Chicagoland forest canopy and the challenges we face in managing our urban forests. Trees clean our air and water, reduce stormwater runoff, increase our physical and mental health, improve our property values, provide critical habitat for wildlife and many other benefits. The Chicago Region Trees initiative was formed in 2014 to draw attention to these issues and focus regional attention on the plight of our urban forest.
|Current State of the Urban Forest in DuPage County/Chicagoland
By Lydia Scott, The Morton Arboretum
|Energy Efficiency Through Landscape Design
By Al Zelaya, The Davey Institute
|The Social Benefits of Trees
By Drew Hart, U. S. Forest Service
|The Power of Nature in Healthcare Environments
Geoff Roehll, Hitchcock Design Group