Caring for Our Trees to Care for Our World

An Environmental Justice Symposium

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Full agenda appears below.

Three 90-minute sessions–morning, afternoon and evening –will feature expert speakers discussing problems or issues related to environmental justice, and solutions involving trees–a lynchpin to the health and sustainability of our environment. Their topics will range from contemporary work in which they are engaged, to religious, philosophic or historic knowledge and expertise. A resulting white paper will explore the problems and solutions to make recommendations for an environmental justice platform focused on caring for our trees in order to better care for our world.

Your registration gives you access to all sessions, and you may come and go as you like. As a registrant, you will receive an advance copy of the resulting white paper before it is released to the public.

$18 fee requested but not required*.

You can choose to pay the requested fee or another amount. If you choose a lower amount, note “Event Participation Fund” in the explanation. If you pay above the requested fee, the extra amount will be a donation to the fund. The fee you choose remains private. This allows us to include all participants regardless of ability to pay.

The Agenda (times shown in Eastern time zone):

Morning–10:00-11:30 am

  • Kristin Ace, Shade Tree Commission of Morristown, NJ
  • William Doyle, Waltham MA Conservation Commission
  • Ernest Ruzicka, Landscape Architecture Degree from Temple University
  • Lance Ebel, Newleaf Environmental (land management)
  • Brad Baker, White Oak Consulting (landscape design and horticultural education

Afternoon–1:00-2:30 pm

  • Cydney Abnet, Wellesley College student
  • Adam Green, Park Ranger, Waltham MA Recreation Department
  • George Darcy, Waltham MA City Council
  • David Meshoulam, Speak for the Trees-Boston
  • Jonathan Paz, Waltham MA City Council

Evening–5:00-6:30 pm

  • Rabbi David Finkelstein, Temple Beth Israel, Waltham, MA
  • Arthur Warsoff, Tree Utah
  • Rabbi Katy Allen, Jewish Climate Action Network-MA
  • Shamu Sadeh, Managing Director of Education at Isabella Friedman, Hazon–The Jewish Lab for Sustainability

*Agenda subject to change

Thank you to our sponsors:

(list may be incomplete)

*Proceeds will be restricted to use for Temple Beth Israel’s programming and work in environmental justice and broader social justice issues, except as noted above.

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