Call for Papers: MillionTreesNYC Research Symposium on Green Infrastructure and Urban Ecology

According to MillionTreesNYC, the purpose of its 2010 research symposium, which will be held March 5-6 in New York City, is to showcase “research and projects that contribute to knowledge on urban landscapes, green infrastructure, and public health in cities and urban areas.” The organization is soliciting papers on research that is either completed or substantially in progress that addresses diverse science questions in the following areas:

  • Local Air Quality and Urban Heat Island
  • Water Quality, Storm Water Management
  • Economic Impacts and Quantifying Returns on Investment
  • Urban Environmental Education, Ecological Literacy, and Curriculum Development
  • Human Health and Well-Being
  • Civic and Municipal Stewardship
  • Green Jobs and Social Justice
  • Reforestation Dynamics and Forest Health
  • Biodiversity and Ecological Communities
  • Green Infrastructure and Planting Designs

This symposium is a follow-up to the spring 2009 workshop “Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology: Building a Research Agenda.” While the workshop emphasized developing a New York City research agenda, this symposium is intended to reflect the state of knowledge in the broader research communities in the fields of natural resource management, ecology, and the social sciences as applied to large scale, urban forestry campaigns in cities across the country and globally.

MillionTreesNYC is a citywide, public-private initiative with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across New York City’s five boroughs by 2017. MillionTreesNYC is one of many initiatives encompassed in PlaNYC 2030, New York City’s comprehensive long term sustainability plan which focuses on improving five key dimensions of the city’s environment – land, air, water, energy and transportation – as well as meet the challenge of global climate change. 

Submission Procedures for Abstracts

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to give a 15 minute oral presentation followed by a five minute question and answer period. These authors will also be invited to contribute papers for peer review and potential publication in a special issue of the online journal Cities and the Environment (CATE). CATE is a peer-reviewed, online journal with a focus on urban ecology research, education and management.

The deadline for submitting an abstract for consideration has been extended to January 8th, 2010. Submissions will be reviewed and decisions given to authors by January 25th, 2010. Contact with questions. The organization notes that you must be registered for the meeting to present a paper. 

Submitted abstracts must be less than 250 words, can describe results of completed urban ecology research or projects that are in progress, and should focus on one or more of the topics listed above.  The organizers are particularly interested in studies focused on New York City, other cities, or cross-city comparisons. 

Image credit: A Civic Vision and Action Plan for the Central Delaware River, Philadelphia, PA. Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, Philadelphia, PA

4 thoughts on “Call for Papers: MillionTreesNYC Research Symposium on Green Infrastructure and Urban Ecology

  1. Georgia 11/24/2009 / 4:31 pm

    Thank you for this announcement. Plan to submit my dissertation abstract!

  2. arnold@tree grates 12/07/2009 / 3:24 pm

    I would like to see some research papers on the manufacturing chain of so called “green products.” If you look at the manufacturing chain, some so called green products are not as as green as they appear. We manufacture tree grates to cover the tree wells and we dropped the cast iron line, because even though they are made from 100% recycled iron it takes quite a bit of refined coal “coke,” and motor blocks which are laced with engine oil and result a lot of air born pollution as well as a lot of solid waste. If you plant a tree in the city and put in a cast iron tree grate you may generate more pollution by specifying the cast iron tree grate than the cleaning benefits you get by planting the tree. American made cast iron tree grates are by far cleaner, but even so still generate quite a bit of pollution. The best compromise we found is aluminum which is by far the greenest making tree grate, primarily because natural gas can be used to make them instead of coal. I would also like to see something on the green scoring companies. A lot of the ratings are based on voluntary information and there is no real accountability. There is also a lot of product coming from China and India which comes cheap, but at a high cost to the environment.

  3. David Flanigan 12/07/2009 / 3:57 pm

    The Home Depot Foundation and KaBOOM! recently launched the online version of the Guidelines for Eco-Friendly Service Projects. This dynamic online tool is a resource that any service project manager can use to reduce the impact on the environment. The site is filled with tools and Best Practices that can be used and added to.

    The site is at

  4. canbyte 12/29/2009 / 12:58 pm

    I notice a lot of this stuff is commercial, and suspect everyone is expecting taxpayers to support this concept. Take note of the teaparty phenomenon and reflect on the pressures on taxpayers these days. Subsidies should, and probably will be abolished. Design accordingly. We enjoy our virtually no cost roof garden immensely. Get ordinary people involved.

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