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GREG LEVINE

Co-Executive Director & Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta

Greg received a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist. He started his career at the Atlanta History Center Gardens, then worked for a couple of Landscape Architecture firms before landing at The National Arboretum for a short time.

With lots of hands on experience he ended up at Trees Atlanta, where he has worked at since 1995. He is currently the Co- Executive Director and Chief Program Officer. He helped to create, develop and implement many of Trees Atlanta’s programs, including: NeighborWoods, Forest Restoration, Neighborhood Arboreta, the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and many educational programs. All of the programs and projects focus on retaining Atlanta’s tree canopy and growing it to 50%.

He has been active with the Alliance for Community Trees for over a decade and is a founding member of The Atlanta Canopy Alliance made of many environmental nonprofits actively protect Atlanta and the regions forest. He deeply believes that community will make the difference in preserving our forest and other ecosystems.

Lecture Title: "Trees Atlanta's Fight for the Forest"

Lecture DescriptionAtlanta is known as "The City in the Forest." It is seeing massive growth and with no natural physical barriers the region continues to sprawl and the trees are not holding their ground. Georgia has three of the top 10 counties in the south with the greatest tree loss. Yet, our trees are the legacy of our most iconic landscapes. Their long lives are often the only remnant of historic designs and their size alone can make them a major focal point, but too often the significance of trees is minimized in the design process and they are treated like expendable obstacles.

Landscape Architects, with their broad training, skill set and knowledge, can be the first line of defense for trees. They can educate clients, work to improve tree ordinances/zoning, and focus on trees in the beginning of the design process. Trees Atlanta, like other tree non-profits across America, has put trees first for 35 years.

Greg's presentation will focus on how a concern for tree loss is growing amongst the community and how Trees Atlanta has responded to this concern through the design, creation and implementation the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum and many programs that center around planting and protecting the urban forest.