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) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/22/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    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 practice.

    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.

  • Creative and Equitable Policy and Funding for Greener Parks

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/01/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

    How does policy discourage or encourage 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 the opportunities for local governments to expand green infrastructure in parks as a way to benefit communities.

    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.

  • How to Talk Persuasively about Greener Parks

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/18/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

    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.

    Beth Jacob

    Bluestocking Strategy

    Beth Jacob is a communications and campaign strategy ninja, with a strong history working with progressive non-profits and philanthropy.

  • Exploring the Connection of Parks, Green Infrastructure and Health

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    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.

    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.

    Barton Robison

    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.

    ​Rebecca Rehr

    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.