Creative and Equitable Policy and Funding for Greener Parks

Recorded On: 07/01/2020

We know green infrastructure can improve health, equitable development, and the environment. So what policies encourage or prevent communities from using green infrastructure to improve equity and quality of life? The third webinar of the Greener Parks for Health series will build off NRPA’s Greener Parks for Health Policy Action Framework, to showcase how policy and funding at the federal, state and local levels shape green infrastructure development in parks. This webinar will navigate the current policy landscape around green infrastructure and highlight city, state and federal policy innovations to expand green infrastructure in parks as a way to benefit communities. 

At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

1.           Identify federal and state policy and funding opportunities to advance green infrastructure in parks.
2.           Execute local partnerships and actions to institutionalize green infrastructure in parks.

Jenny Cox

Conservation Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Jenny Cox is a Conservation Program Manager at the NRPA overseeing the Parks and Green Infrastructure for Health initiative and the Great Urban Parks Campaign grant program. Jenny holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is passionate about the connection between parks, the environment and community health.

Bobby Cochran

Partner for Community Resilience, Willamette Partnership

Bobby Cochran is the Partner for Community Resilience at Willamette Partnership, a conservation non-profit dedicated to solving complex environmental problems in ways that work for people. He loves innovating at the intersections of finance, policy, health equity, and environment. Bobby is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader and received a Ph.D./M.A. in Urban Studies/Conflict Resolution from Portland State University.

Caryn Ernst

Director of Strategic Initiatives, City Park Alliance

As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Caryn Ernst leads City Parks Alliance’s member capacity building programs, national research partnerships and all content development for the Greater & Greener conference.  Caryn led CPA’s national research partnership with the Urban Institute and Groundwork USA focused on equitable funding for parks and is leading the development of CPA’s Equitable Funding Hub.

Caryn authored CPA’s report – “A Smart Investment for America’s Economy: The Land and Water Conservation Fund”, and led the development of CPA’s “Active Parks, Healthy Cities” report.

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