Hope for the City 2017

Hope for the City

9th Annual Spring Symposium
“Re-greening Cleveland”

“The tree of life . . . for the healing of the nations”
–Revelation 22:2

Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22 & 29
Lunch and program by donation

In the late 1800s Cleveland was known as “The Forest City” because of the wealth of trees that characterized the city. Not anymore. “Pittsburgh 40 – Cleveland 19” sounds like another loss to the Steelers, but it’s the comparison of percent tree canopy in each city. That’s right: Pittsburgh has more than twice the tree cover as Cleveland. But what does this have to do with the “livability” of a city? That’s the question that this year’s Hope for the City will address. This series is one of the many events being held in association with the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, whose focal topic in 2017 is the Year of Vibrant Green Space.

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Online registration now open; please register below.

March 8

Why City Trees Are Essential to the Well-being of Ohio Residents
David J. Nowak, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Team Leader with the USDA Forest Service

March 15

Rites of Way: the Politics and Poetics of Public Space
Mark Kingwell, Ph.D. DFA
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto

March 22

100 Year Trail: a Centennial Celebration of Cleveland Metroparks
Natalie Ronayne
Chief Development Officer, Cleveland Metroparks

March 29


The Cleveland Tree Plan: Reclaiming the title “The Forest City”
Clement W. Hamilton, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Holden Forests & Gardens (The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden)

Dr. David NowakDavid J. Nowak is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nowak received a B.S. and M.S. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored over 275 publications; his awards include the L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research and R.W. Harris Author’s Citation from the International Society of Arboriculture, the J. Sterling Morton Award – the Arbor Day Foundation’s highest honor, American Forests’ Urban Forest Medal, the Distinguished Science Award of the Northeastern Research Station and the Forest Service Chief’s Honor Award. Dr. Nowak was also a contributing member of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality. He also leads teams developing the i-Tree software suite that quantifies ecosystem services and values from vegetation.

Dr. Mark KingwellMark Kingwell is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine in New York. He is the author or co-author of eighteen books of political, cultural and aesthetic theory; in addition to many scholarly articles, his writing has appeared in more than 40 mainstream magazines and newspapers. His most recent books are the essay collections Unruly Voices (2012) and Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015).

Natalie RonayneNatalie Ronayne is on staff at Cleveland Metroparks as its Chief Development Officer. Most recently, Natalie served as the Chief Advancement Officer of Cleveland Botanical Garden and The Holden Arboretum. Prior to the merger of Cleveland Botanical Garden and The Holden Arboretum, Natalie was President of Cleveland Botanical Garden. Among her notable accomplishments was her launch of the Garden’s applied research program with national funding to advance the Garden’s role in urban land restoration and conservation. Natalie also brings to her new role tremendous experience identifying grant opportunities, managing fundraising campaigns and cultivating relationships with both private and public donors. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Wittenberg University and a Master of Environmental Policy and Management from Indiana University.

Dr. Clement HamiltonDr. Clement Hamilton grew up in Ohio and Wisconsin, and earned a B.S. in Geology at Harvard and a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Washington University. Clem was a professor of horticulture and plant systematics for 19 years, at the University of Washington and Claremont Graduate University, where his research and teaching focused on ecology, horticulture, and evolution of woody plants; public garden curation and management; and invasion biology. He has conducted botanical fieldwork in Thailand, Panama, and Chile; and takes special interest in the impact of climate change on the geographic ranges of temperate trees.

Since 2008, Clem has been President & CEO of The Holden Arboretum, and in 2014 added the Cleveland Botanical Garden to his purview. Together as Holden Forests & Gardens, they comprise the 12th largest public garden in the United States.

Holden Forests & Gardens is dedicated to promoting biodiversity, green infrastructure, sustainable land use, and plant and environmental literacy. Holden is renowned for its diverse woody plant collections, over 2000 acres of restored forests and riparian areas, Costa Rican cloud forest and Madagascar spiny desert glasshouses, ecological and horticultural research, community forestry outreach, and school programs such as Growing Students in Science and Green Corps. Guided by its “New Leaf” master plan, the arboretum is creating new gardens and restoring the ecological health of its lakes and streams; since 2015 the new Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower have doubled the arboretum’s attendance and engaged visitors in the forest canopy.

Hope for the City Past Speakers and Videos


Joseph Calabrese, Dr. Jarrett Walker, David Jurca, Grace Gallucci


Dr. Robert T. Heath, Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano, Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Erin Huber


Lee Fisher, Diana Balmori


Jeff Speck, Ann Zoller, Gregory Peckham, Jennifer Coleman, Anthony Coyne


Rebecca Dingle, Monica Robins, Eileen Sheil, Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano, Colette Jones

Other past speakers

2011: David Johnson, Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano, Felton Thomas, Jr., Tom Einhouse, Joseph Marinucci 2010: Sr. Donna Wilhelm, The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Chalker, Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle 2009: Chris Ronayne, Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano, Joe Cimperman, Terry Egger, Natalie Ronayne, Mayor Frank Jackson

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