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Training Class (Week 9) Trees and People in the Community, a moderated panel discussion

November 7, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Park in the large lot behind the church and follow the signs to our meeting room. Class is open for trainees and Tree Stewards seeking educational credit hours. All attendees are required to sign-in upon arrival. Room setup is theater-stye and you may cluster or distance according to your comfort level. Masks are optional. Each class will include a break so feel free to bring a snack or drink.

Reading assignment: Unit 10 in the Training Manual for Tree Stewards. Read or watch one or more of the following:

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering, New York Times, Aug. 24, 2020

Richmond’s urban heat islands — Scott’s Addition, Jackson Ward, Manchester–put communities in danger, Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 4, 2022

It gets hot but some areas of the city are heat islands  (video) Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 15, 2022


Additional resources: Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth. Richmond will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2037; see plans for a more equitable, sustainable and beautiful future for all.

RVAgreen 2050 is the City of Richmond’s equity-centered climate action and resilience planning initiative, spearheaded by the Office of Sustainability. The goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030, achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and help the community adapt to Richmond’s climate impacts of extreme heat, precipitation, and flooding.

American Forests website includes a Tree Equity Score for 150,000 neighborhoods and 486 municipalities, including RVA.


November 7, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Richmond Tree Stewards


Westover Baptist Church
1000 Westover Hills Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23225
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