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Creating High-Function, Low-Maintenance Ecosystems in Urban Environments
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Creating High-Function, Low-Maintenance Ecosystems in Urban Environments

Presented by the SER-Northwest Chapter, this webinar will discuss strategies and solutions for creating high-functioning ecosystems in urban settings.

 Export to Your Calendar 5/28/2019
When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
12:00 PM Eastern
Where: United States

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Joshua Eldridge, M.S. Senior Ecologist and Mountain Regional Director for Great Ecology, will discuss strategies and solutions for creating high-functioning ecosystems in urban settings.

For the first time in human history, more people live in urban areas than rural areas and this trend is only going to continue. The United Nations projects that 4.2 billion people currently live in cities and another 2.5 billion will join them by 2050. While cities offer opportunities for jobs and resources for human needs, one element closely tied to well-being is often overlooked or neglected: connection to nature. But how does one connect to nature while in a city? Parks and greenways are often the only outlet. Adding new parks is challenging due to high costs and demand for land. Landscape conversions and even renovating existing parks often results in dealing with environmental contaminants or constraints from past land uses, such as landfills, asbestos, heavy metals, and even radioactivity. Learning to work with multi-disciplinary teams to remediate and restore these landscapes into high functioning, low maintenance systems for municipalities and the public is the next challenge for restoration ecologists and landscape architects. In this talk, we will explore some common constraints for creating high functioning ecosystems in urban settings and discuss strategies for finding appropriate solutions to create ecosystems that serve multiple objectives in an urban environment. Case studies will provide lessons learned and innovative solutions to complex environmental issues. 

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