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Chicago Region Trees Initiative Annual Partner Recognitiion
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We invite you to join us, as our guest, at our Annual Partner Recognition and Urban Forestry Awards Celebration. Our keynote speakers are two internationally recognized scientists who will inspire us with their research on how nature can improve our health. Our Celebration will be held at the Lake County Forest Preserve Green Belt Cultural Center in North Chicago on December 11 from 3-7 p.m. Our theme this year is "Inspire People to Value Trees". In addition to our exciting keynote speakers (des

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Rd
North Chicago, Illinois  60064
United States
Contact: Melissa Custic

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 There is no cost to attend but space is limited so an RSVP is required. Click here to register and/or nominate someone for an urban forestry award.

Inspiring Keynote Speakers: Dr. Kathleen Wolf will talk about the important benefits and services trees provide for our everyday lives. As a Research Social Scientist with the College of the Environment at the University of Washington (Seattle) and as a research associate with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service from 2010-2018, she has focused on the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban ecosystems, particularly human health. In addition, she has an interest is the translation of scientific evidence for use in local government policy and planning. You can view her research at; and the Green Cities: Good Health project at: Widely regarded for spearheading the new field of Environmental Cardiology, Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, will talk about present his work and talk about the value of trees, particularly in relation to health. As a Smith and Lucille Gibson Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville, he has spent more than 25 years studying the impact of toxic substances, tobacco smoke constituents and environmental pollutants on heart disease. He has published over 280 research papers, commentaries and review articles, and 20 book chapters. He currently serves as Director of the Christina Lee Brown Environmental Institute, and Chief of the Environmental Medicine Division at the University of Louisville and Director of the American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center.