Sustainability Roundtable: Green Forests Work

When Oct 23, 2020
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall.

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Our speaker on October 23rd will be Michael French, Director of Operations for Green Forests Work, a non-profit whose mission is to re-establish healthy and productive forests on formerly mined lands in Appalachia and beyond. GFW’s vision is to create a renewable and sustainable multi-use resource that will provide economic opportunities while enhancing the local and global environment. By converting reclaimed, non-native grasslands and shrublands into healthy, productive forestland, GFW is effectively addressing two needs of the region. Their reforestation projects provide jobs for equipment operators, nursery workers, and tree planters, and improve the environment by eradicating non-native species and restoring ecosystem services. With the help of partners and volunteers, this vision is quickly becoming a reality. Since 2009, they have planted more than 2.8 million trees on nearly 4,500 acres.

Michael's talk is titled "Green Forests Work: Restoring Ecosystem Service and Creating Economic Opportunities on Surface Mined Lands across Appalachia."

The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion.

Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public.

If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.

This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!