The What, Why, & How of High-Performance Urban Trees

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High-performance urban trees offer many economic, social, and environmental benefits. But what are “high-performance trees” and how are they produced in our urban areas? Why should we increase investment in order to produce high-performance trees? What are the key things that specifiers, designers, property owners – and frankly residents – want to see from an increased investment in urban trees? Is it stormwater management, carbon mitigation, oxygen production, wind deflection, noise abatement, urban heat island reduction, street beautification – or is it other benefits that healthy trees offer? What is the ROI of the “average” urban tree planting over the life of the tree compared to the ROI of a high-performance tree? At what point does performance outweigh cost? This session addresses these questions in a thought-provoking presentation that analyzes and defines the factors that contribute to high-performance trees, and the key to realizing their benefits through design. It reviews the best practices and design techniques that successfully integrate trees into urban infrastructure and provides examples of how high-performance trees have been established in regional and international case studies.

Speaker Bio:
Jeremy Bailey
Jeremy is a senior consultant at GreenBlue Urban, where his experience covers a broad range including low impact development, urban tree planting, and green infrastructure. His knowledge offers many insights into the value of incorporating high-performance tree design into the urban landscape, providing many solutions that are being utilized globally. Jeremy speaks at green infrastructure and sustainable development conferences around the world and lectures at universities in the United States and Canada.
Indianapolis, IN
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Understand why “Low Impact Development” and “Sustainable Infrastructure” are only buzzwords unless sustainable practices are being used and performance is realized.
2. Learn how the implementation of sustainable BMPs can become common practice without compromising return-on-investment.
3. Review projects that have successfully produced high-performance trees and examine their benefits and results, including how they were designed and installed.
Jeremy Bailey
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Indiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

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