Youth and Educators: Peter Donaldson, Sustainability Ambassadors Connecting local youth and educators with real-world learning to catalyze community sustainability. Learn how to build strong partnerships which connect classroom learning with your real world projects, which not only strengthens our communities but prepares our next generations to be actively engaged as leaders. Health: Linn Gould, Just Health Action Advocating and collaborating to reduce health inequities that result from social, economic, environmental, and political conditions by engaging diverse groups to build skills towards systems level change.
Social Justice: Cluny McCaffrey, ECOSS Gain insights in reaching and working with communities of diversity and businesses in fostering a healthy, sustainable environment. ECOSS has built strong partnerships in creating practical and sustainable environmental solutions within our most highly diverse communities.
Business: Gary Jensen, Hanging Gardens Nursery How using a collaborative business model can benefit businesses, organizations, and the general community. Learn how to engage a business in your work efforts, identify areas of mutual benefit, how to create strong working relationships that benefit all partners. Hanging Gardens Nursery has built collaborative relationships with both community nonprofit organizations and with the Green River College in South King County while being a well respected business within the community.
Private Landowners: Jay Mirro, King Conservation District Private landownersare a significant stakeholder group within the watershed - from our urban residential areas to the farmlands of South King County. Addressing many of our critical issues requires developing successful collaborations with private landowners. Jay will share his insights about working with this group of stakeholders in creating mutually beneficial partnerships. Much of his work is in South King County and with farmers.
Re-Greening the Green-Duwamish Watershed: Collaboration from Rural to City Judy Blanco, Director of Riparian Restoration, Forterra Learn how to integrate within a program, successfully working with diverse stakeholder groups throughout the watershed as Judy offers her experiences in both the Cedar River and Green- Duwamish watersheds. Green Tukwila Partnership: Benefits of Collaboration for Cities and Making it Successful Andrea Cummins, Urban Environmental Specialist, City of Tukwila Andrea will share how the CIty of Tukwila is leveraging the Green Cities program to not only create a healthier environment but also in strengthening the overall community through engaging residents and businesses in the program.
Engaging Communities of Diversity Willard Brown, Director of Housing and Environmental Program,Delridge Neighborhood Development Assn. The effort to attract, inspire and engage community members from all walks of life can be a serious challenge. DNDA works with a broad diversity of urban community members from every demographic using unique means to develop these relationships. Willard will discuss the efforts, actions and planning that has served to attract many youth and community members who do not traditionally participate in environmental projects.
Questions & Answers ____________________________________________________________________________________ John Beal Environmental Stewardship Volunteer Award Nominations Jeremy Grisham, Veterans Conservation Corps ____________________________________________________________________________________
11:00 Facilitated Discussion: Fostering Collaboration Join robust discussions on issues and challenges that have been identified by workshop attendees as priority areas for them. The goal is to share ideas, explore new ways of connecting and build relationships.