2019 Climate Resiliency Bundle

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This NRPA 2019 Annual Conference bundle includes the steps and resources to to improve climate equity, public green spaces, and capacity development to natural disasters.



Included in this bundle are the following sessions:

Creating, Improving, Protecting, and Advocating through Sustainable Private/Public Partnerships

How to use Public Parks to Improve Climate, Health, and Equity Outcomes

Responding to Disaster; The Role of Parks and Recreation


Credit: 0.3 CEU  


NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

  • Creating, Improving, Protecting, and Advocating through Sustainable Private/Public Partnerships

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording from NRPA Live Stream Event! This session presents Houston as a case study in large-scale, collaborative public-private planning, funding and execution focused on parks and green spaces.

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    This session presents Houston as a case study in large-scale, collaborative public-private planning, funding and execution focused on parks and green spaces. The presenters—top executives of the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the nonprofit Houston Parks Board (HPB) — will show how these collaborative efforts are achieving scaled impacts, improving public green spaces, ensuring they are equitably distributed and accessible, and helping define their important role in community resilience. 

    We work in close partnership to build a strong, resilient, and vibrant region by investing in long-term solutions to some of the most persistent challenges facing our communities. Initiatives like Bayou Greenways 2020, the HPB planning framework Beyond the Bayous, and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Complete Communities improvement initiative are substantial down payments on elevating the quality of life for people in our region.


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Beth White

    President and CEO, Houston Parks Board

    In 2012, President Obama appointed Beth White to the National Capital Planning Commission. She has served as director, Chicago region, for The Trust for Public Land and has led several successful projects involving public-private partnerships, planning, fundraising and the opening of new parks. She has a Master’s degree from Loyola University and Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

    Joe Turner

    Former Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

  • Responding to Disaster; The Role of Parks and Recreation

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join us to hear the goals of the Operation Recreation Response initiative include helping agencies proactively develop capacity to natural disasters through better management practices.

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    Hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, earthquakes...Natural disaster events happen. Goals of the Operation Recreation Response initiative include helping agencies proactively develop capacity to natural disasters through better management practices. ORR has several layers: 1) Before an event - Emergency preparedness through proactive planning and assessments; 2) During the event, aligning mutual aid type assistance and providing services to those affected, including staff; and 3) After the event - Providing assistance to rebuild and repair park and recreation assets. We will cover tools, best practices, and innovations for preparation and response


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Linda Smith

    Interim Director of Parks and Recreation, Town of Chapel Hill

    Linda Smith is a parks and recreation professional particularly skilled in budgeting, business, industry, events, and planning. Linda received her Bachelor’s from SUNY Cortland and her Master’s from UNC Chapel Hill. Linda spent 15 years at the Town of Cary's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Linda is currently Interim Director, Parks and Recreation, for the Town of Chapel Hill.

  • How to use Public Parks to Improve Climate, Health, and Equity Outcomes

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this NRPA Live recorded session as urban parks leaders from across the country will discuss how they are using parks, trails, and greenspaces to help cities address the challenges posed by a warming climate.

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    The Fourth National Climate Assessment painted a stark picture about the impacts of climate change. Cities are already facing multi-faceted challenges due to rising temperatures, from urban heat islands to public health. In low-income communities with poor access to parks and trails, these threats can intersect and amplify each other with dire consequences. In this session, urban parks leaders from across the country will discuss how they are using parks, trails, and greenspaces to help cities address the challenges posed by a warming climate. Well-designed greenspaces can absorb stormwater, reduce air temperature, create carbon-free transportation methods, and improve public health. Particular focus will be given to how GIS-based data tools can improve climate equity by optimizing green investments to protect a city. This recorded session was presented at NRPA Live 2019.


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Taj Schottland

    Climate-Smart Cities Program Manager, Green Infrastructure, The Trust for Public Land

    As a leader of The Trust for Public Land's Climate Program, Taj works with diverse cross-sector partnerships to advance the implementation of multiple benefit green infrastructure projects in communities on the front lines of climate change. He has over seven years of experience working as a climate adaptation specialist, project manager, and restoration ecologist.

    Willis Winters

    Director, Dallas Park and Recreation Department

    As the Director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department since 2013, Willis leads one of the nation’s largest municipal park systems. Dallas’ 23,242 acres of park land include 388 parks, 13 lakes, 41 recreation centers, 149 miles of hike and bike trails, Fair Park, the Dallas Zoo, the Trinity Audubon Center, and the Dallas Arboretum. He has oversight of 937 full-time employees and manages an $85.3 million annual operating budget, with a capital budget in excess of $40 million annually. Willis has been with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department since 1993.

    Molly Plummer

    North Texas Parks for People Program Manager, The Trust for Public Land

    Molly works within the North Texas program of The Trust for Public Land, where she led the development of Smart Growth for Dallas, a GIS-based initiative to improve the environmental, social, and economic resilience of Dallas. Her work has led to on-the-ground implementation of climate-resilience strategies, including the planting of 1,000 trees in one of the city's largest urban heat islands.

    Wende David

    Senior Conservation Program Manager, NRPA

    Wende David is the Senior Conservation Program Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) where she leads its Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) portfolio.  Wende works to improve environmental and social outcomes in communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure projects and partnerships within parks. 

    Wende holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan and is currently interested in leveraging solutions at the intersection of climate resilience, social equity, and health.  

    Since she started in March 2018, Wende has helped secure over $1M in program funding including a major federal grant that helped develop a new health program focus for NRPA. Wende provided strategic direction around the development of NRPA’s climate resilience initiatives and is helping to establish NRPA as a though-leader in this space through nation-wide convenings, professional networks and articles.  As an experienced non-profit leader with over 20 years of practice in the environmental field, Wende has successfully overseen community outreach programs and fundraising campaigns, helped set the strategic direction for a variety of community-based organizations, and served in a leadership capacity with a variety of volunteer groups. Wende holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan and is currently interested in leveraging solutions at the intersection of climate resilience, social equity, and health.