Growing Together: Symposium Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the Longwood Graduate Symposium – Growing Together: Gardens Cultivating Change in the Economic Landscape! Registration is $119, and $59 for full-time students with ID. If you can’t make it in person, consider signing up for the webinar ($35), where a Fellow will be moderating and taking questions for the speakers.

The Fellows are excited to present this year’s line-up of speakers. They represent some great minds in economics and public horticulture alike, and are all looking forward to the discussion that the Symposium will bring.

Speaker Line-Up

Dr. Yoram Bauman – Stand-up Economist
Session Title: The Economic Climate

Yoram Bauman is “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”, and until 2015 was a carbon tax Fellow at Sightline Institute, where he co-authored Tax Shift with Alan Durning. His most recent academic paper (“Climate sensitivity: should the climate tail wag the policy dog?”) was co-authored with UW climate scientist Gerard Roe and appeared in the April 2013 issue of Climatic Change. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington and is the co-author of the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change and the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics. He is also the organizer of the humor session at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.

Ethan Connor-Ross – Director, Econsult Solutions, Inc
Session Title: Quantifying Gardens as a Regional Economic Driver

Ethan Conner-Ross is a Director at Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI). His practice areas include public policy, economic and fiscal impact assessment, strategic planning, economic development and litigation support. He works closely with clients to calculate and articulate their impact, conduct market analysis and evaluate feasibility, and plan strategically. Prior to joining ESI, Mr. Conner-Ross worked from 2006 to 2013 at Visit Philadelphia, a nonprofit tasked with promoting tourism in the Philadelphia region where he served as Vice-President of Research and Planning. Mr. Conner-Ross received his Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.

Karen Lucht – Promotions Coordinator, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Session Title: Magnolia Gardens – Weathering the Test of Time

Karen Lucht serves as Promotions Coordinator for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina.  Lucht joined Magnolia in March of 2016 after relocating to South Carolina.  Lucht is a 20-year veteran of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where she specialized in strategic planning and program control in the Space Shuttle and Commercial Crew Programs. As Promotions Coordinator, Lucht works with organizations to plan and deliver special events which invite the community to share in the beauty and legacy of Magnolia.  She also builds partnerships and campaigns with local organizations to promote and strengthen Magnolia’s position within the community.

Sandra Albro – Research Associate for Applied Urban Ecology, Cleveland Botanical Garden
Session Title: Vacant To Vibrant: Practical Lessons For Public Gardens Engaged In Community-Based Work

Sandra Albro investigates how improvements to existing soils and addition of plants improve the ecological and social value of vacant urban land. Her topics of interest include stormwater management, low-maintenance plants, and human use of urban green space. She is Project Manager for Vacant to Vibrant, a Great Lakes Protection Fund–supported initiative to evaluate the success of clusters of small green infrastructure projects to achieve multiple community benefits in Gary, IN, Cleveland, OH, and Buffalo, NY.

Brenna Goggin – Director of Advocacy, Delaware Nature Society
Session Title: Advocacy 2017: The Power of Relationships in a Time of Uncertainty

Born and raised in Sussex County Delaware, Brenna grew up with an appreciation of the outdoors and Delaware’s environment. Working as Delaware Nature Society’s Director of Advocacy, Brenna is responsible for all of Delaware Nature Society’s grassroots advocacy and government affairs work. She is the liaison between the organization and elected and appointed officials, and promotes the organization both in Dover and D.C. On behalf of the organization, she has served on various state committees such as the Clean Water and Flood Abatement Task Force, and Delaware’s Nutrient Management Commission.

Karen Washington – Co-owner, Farmer and Activist, Rise & Root Farms
Session Title: Urban Renewal or Urban Removal

Karen Washington is an activist, community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, where she works with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. As a Just Food board member and trainer, Karen has led workshops on growing food and food justice across the country.  In 2010, she co- founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), and in 2012 was voted one of the 100 most influential African Americans by Ebony Magazine. Since retiring from physical therapy in 2014, Karen is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm in Chester, NY.

Andrea Kee – Assistant Director of Plant Introduction and Health, Gardens by the Bay
Session Title: Gardens by the Bay – A 21st-Century Garden Destination

Andrea Kee is Assistant Director of Plant Introduction and Health at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Gardens by the Bay was started as a project by the National Parks Board and has grown to become an independent organization responsible for developing and managing what will be Asia’s foremost garden destination. Comprising three waterfront gardens, Gardens by the Bay is a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that brings the world of plants to Singapore and presents Singapore to the world.

Follow us at #LGPSymposium. We can’t wait to see you on Friday, March 3rd, 2017!

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