Growing Green Cities:  Urban Forests & Green Infrastructure for Health, Resilience & Sustainability

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center
9:15 am – 4:45 pm

Video of this past event can be found at this Vimeo page.

Presentations from this past event can be downloaded by clicking on these links:

Growing Green Cities is the first full-day conference being presented as part of a new regional planning, outreach, and demonstration project on the diverse array of benefits that trees and other green infrastructure provide for health, wellness, reduced costs for energy and certain other services, and improving the social fabric of urban neighborhoods and other communities.  This program is designed for a broad audience including municipal officials, planners, developers, landscape architects and other design professionals, and people working in sectors including community development, health care, healing and wellness, education, energy and sustainability planning, stormwater management, and environmental and social justice.  Five continuing education credit hours for registered landscape architects (RLAs) licensed in New York State have been approved for this program and credits for planners (AICPs) are pending.

Register at the Growing Green Cities Eventbrite page.  The $35 conference price includes lunch and refreshments.  Contact Simon Gruber for more information at or 845-534-5622 and visit for more about the work of the Institute. Community Sponsor registrations ($70 plus the website fee) can enable one additional person from the community who would not otherwise be able to afford this to attend, and donations of any amount will support ongoing project development and other upcoming educational work for Growing Green Cities.

Speakers and panelists:

  • Michael Ciaravino, City Manager, City of Newburgh
  • Franco Montalto, Associate Professor, Drexel University and President, eDesign Dynamics
  • Denisha Williams, Principal, Being Here Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design
  • Lindsay Campbell, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
  • Karen Eberle-McCarthy, President, Downing Park Planning Committee, & Newburgh Conservation Advisory Council member
  • Simon Gruber, Institute Fellow, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, and Founder, Growing Green Cities
  • Andrew Reinmann, Assistant Professor, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center & Hunter College
  • Gary Lovett, Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Nadine Medina, Senior Project Engineer, Barton & Loguidice
  • Anne Meore, Horticultural Therapist, Bon Secours Charity Health System, & Principal, Planthropy LLC
  • Jesse Sarubbi, Vice President of DSRIP Coordination & Practice Transformation, Cornerstone Family Healthcare
  • Rob Boyajieff, Aircuity Inc.
  • Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth, NY State Department of State – invited

The first landscape designer in the U.S., Andrew Jackson Downing, was born and worked in Newburgh in the early-mid 19th century, and he championed the importance of urban parks and green space for civilizing cities and creating opportunities for all people to enjoy healthy outdoor spaces as a central priority for improving the quality of life.  Today, the Growing Green Cities initiative envisions Newburgh and other communities in the region as showcases for cutting-edge ideas and strategies to make our urban, built environment healthy, prosperous and resilient for the 21st century, building on the legacy of Downing and his protégé Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Downing Park in Newburgh in his honor after they designed Central Park in New York City.

This program is presented with the support of the New York State Energy Research and Development AuthorityThe event is sponsored by the City University of New York Institute for Sustainable Cities with support from the Orange County Citizens Foundation, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County is sponsoring the continuing education credits for RLAs.


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