Exploring the Connection of Parks, Green Infrastructure and Health
The first webinar of the Greener Parks for Health series will introduce you to NRPA’s Greener Parks for Health initiative highlighting the important role that parks play in fostering community and climate resiliency through green infrastructure. The speakers will overview climate impacts communities are facing, discuss how it impacts health and promote greener parks as a solution to improving overall community well-being.
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.
Director of the Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative, Willamette Partnership
Barton (he/him) knows firsthand the healing powers of nature and is passionate about removing access barriers so that all Oregonians can know the benefits of time in green space. He’s the Director of the Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative at Willamette Partnership, and his strengths include facilitation, strategy development, and communications. He received his Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in natural resource management from Portland State University.
Director, Climate for Health program; ecoAmerica
Rebecca Rehr is the Director of the Climate for Health program at ecoAmerica, where she works to build public support and political will for climate solutions. She previously worked in state-level environmental health advocacy, managing a portfolio that included pesticide use, lead poisoning, and fracking, while facilitating multidisciplinary collaboratives on environmental justice and natural gas infrastructure. Rebecca also served a two-year fellowship in the Office of Children’s Health Protection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies & Public Policy from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Public Health with a focus on environmental health from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.