Greener Parks for Health Webinar Series

Across the nation, low-income and communities of color are disproportionately experiencing the damaging impacts of climate-related weather events such as flooding and extreme storm surges. With a history of under-investment and discriminatory policies, these marginalized communities are frequently located in areas with failing public infrastructure, which includes a lack of access to quality parks and green spaces. These conditions put undue strain on the physical well-being, mental health and environmental living conditions of residents, while also leaving them ill-equipped to prepare, mitigate and recover from extreme events. 

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is working to equip park and recreation professionals with the tools and knowledge to advocate for and plan green infrastructure projects in parks to address climate impacts, improve community well-being and advance equitable access to quality green spaces and parks. This webinar series will highlight findings from the Greener Parks for Health project, including evidence connecting green infrastructure to improved health as well as green infrastructure focused targeted messaging, policy and funding mechanisms, and case studies. 

  • Best Practices for Achieving Greener Parks

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/22/2020

    In the last installment of the four-part Greener Parks for Health webinar series, NRPA will examine key opportunities for park and recreation leaders to advance green infrastructure in parks as a tool to improve community well-being and address climate impacts.

    In the last installment of the four-part Greener Parks for Health webinar series, NRPA will examine key opportunities for park and recreation leaders to advance green infrastructure in parks as a tool to improve community well-being and address climate impacts. You will hear from communities across the country about how they are investing in greener parks through policy and best practices. The following topics will be discussed by experts:
    • Tacoma Metro Parks will highlight intergovernmental partnerships;
    • Tucson Water will discuss their partnership with the City of Tucson Parks & Recreation Department to leverage funding; and
    • The City of Peoria will focus on their ongoing effort to leverage solutions for combined sewer overflows to drive reinvestment, social justice and improve overall community health and well-being.

    At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:
    1.           Understand best practices and policy mechanisms that have been used to expand green infrastructure in parks.
    2.           Identify key opportunities to advance similar best practices and policy in your community.

    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.

    Anthony Corso

    Chief Innovation Officer, City of Peoria

    Anthony Corso has spent his career as an architect, urban designer, consultant and educator working to make communities more livable and resilient. He is an advocate and practitioner of public interest design and continuously works to build collaborative partnerships in order to turn great ideas into action. Anthony currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Peoria where he directs the Innovation Team or i-team. The i-team’s role is to help city leaders, staff and community partners using a human-centered, data-driven design process to assess problems, generate responsive interventions, develop new partnerships, and deliver measurable results.

    Irene Ogata

    Landscape Architect, Tucson Water

    Irene is a professional Landscape Architect at Tucson Water. She manages the Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting pilot program and the Low Income Rainwater Harvesting program; collaborated with Pima County Regional Flood Control District to develop the LID/GSI Guidance Manual. Irene is also one of the original development members of the national Green infrastructure Leadership Network.

    Joe Brady

    Chief Strategy Officer, Tacoma Metro Park

    A Tacoma resident for 20 years, Joe Brady is proud to work on behalf of citizens in a dedicated effort to make our region the best it can be- for everyone.  As the Chief Strategy Officer for Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT), Joe is responsible for the agency’s government relations efforts at the local, state and federal levels, the development and maintenance of the District’s long term planning framework, it’s national accreditations, and special project management on behalf of the Executive Director and Board of Park Commissioners. Joe is a 1996 graduate of Colorado State University and holds B.S. degrees in Range and Forest Management.  

  • Creative and Equitable Policy and Funding for Greener Parks

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/01/2020

    The third webinar in the Greener Parks for Health series will navigate the current policy landscape around green infrastructure and highlight the opportunities for local governments to expand green infrastructure in parks as a way to benefit communities.

    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.

  • How to Talk Persuasively about Greener Parks

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/18/2020

    In the second webinar of the Greener Parks for Health webinar series, you’ll learn how to craft communications messages that make a strong case for increasing green infrastructure in parks, so every person has the opportunity to live a healthier life.

    In the second webinar of the Greener Parks for Health webinar series, you’ll learn how to craft communications messages that make a strong case for increasing green infrastructure in parks so every person has the opportunity to live a healthier life. Using the real-world evidence covered in the first webinar in the series, we will walk you through ways to use your audience’s personal beliefs and values to craft specific values-based messaging about green infrastructure and its benefits. Opportunities to tailor the messages for your community’s needs and desires will be highlighted. Attendees of this webinar will get a premium first access to NRPA’s Greener Parks for Health Communications Toolkit.

  • Exploring the Connection of Parks, Green Infrastructure and Health

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/27/2020

    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 green infrastructure in parks play in mitigating climate impacts and creating healthier communities.

    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.