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Mark Mead, City of Seattle, mark.mead@seattle.gov (Presenter)

 

The Green Seattle Partnership is a unique urban forest restoration effort in the Pacific Northwest in that it has survived the last 7 years of budget cuts and waning environmental activism, in fact it has grown. Key to this effort is the direct interaction with citizens at all levels: through education programs in schools, youth summer job corps with non-profit partners, to young adult employment service programs with Goodwill. This level of combined education and activism is contagious and has translated into direct support from City Councilmembers and Directors of our Public Utilities and Office of Sustainability. We accomplish this through directed programs that are created by and supported by a wide variety of partners and we follow two lines of thought, the Urban Forest Sustainability Model (Clark et al) and Good to Great for the Social Sectors (Jim Collins).