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Celebrating Crop Diversity, and Safeguarding the Foundation of Our Food

Marie Haga joined the Global Crop Diversity Trust as Executive Director in March 2013. She had previously been a member and Deputy Chair of the Global Crop Diversity Trust Executive Board. Ms. Haga has a background in Foreign Service and has served as a career diplomat, politician, and representative of the private sector. This presentation highlights partnerships for biodiversity and ways forward to safeguard our most precious food crops. 

Brookside Gardens Stroll for Wellness

The positive benefits of exposure to nature and green spaces related wellness are well documented. A structured walk in a garden setting combination with reflective journaling may result in profound outcomes for  people suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), depression, and other types of trauma – all of which are becoming more prevalent in our current society.

Lessons Learned on Integrating Water Quality and Nature‐based Approaches into Hazard Mitigation Plans

This webcast will look at two completed pilot projects that have successfully integrated watershed planning, green infrastructure practices and source water protection into FEMA hazard mitigation plans. Learn about how these communities are sharing the benefits, including:

1) Better results and more efficient planning. If watershed planning is part of the hazard analysis, optimal results for water quality, floodplain management, and hazard risk reduction can be achieved.

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

This presentation reveals how gardens efforts have helped surpass the goals of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge! 

Highlights:

  • Top Pollinator Planting Towns and Cities
  • Garden Impact on Pollinator Diversity and Abundance
  • Increased Pollinator Friendly Action—Garden Trade, Municipalities, Volunteer Groups, and Federal landscapes
  • 2019 Call to Action and Next Steps

Hurricane Harvey - Catastrophic Climate Preparation and Recovery - What University of Houston - Downtown Experienced

Hurricane Harvey of 2017 is tied with 2005's Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding in the Houston metropolitan area and Southeast Texas.

Indirect fatalities: 39 

Direct fatalities: 68

Category: Category 4 Hurricane (SSHWS)

Affected areas: Texas, Louisiana, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, MORE

Learning Objectives: 1. Prepare for the Worst 2. Adjusters and Consultants 3. Remediation Then Renovation 4. Recovery – People and Expenses

A Garden-Wide Approach: Converting Visitors to Members & Members to Donors

Philanthropy is a team effort! At the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Membership, Development and Guest Experience teams work together to convert visitors to members, engage and upgrade them to higher membership levels, and cultivate key members for annual and major gifts. Learn from the team as they share a range of techniques, from “tried-and-true” to “new and innovative,” in order to integrate the message and ensure success.

Presenters: Claudia McDavid, Membership Manager; Melissa Roberts, Development Manager; Jason Morris, Guest Experience Senior Manager

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