Urban trees are an essential element of the green infrastructure of our cities. However, it can often be difficult to articulate and quantify the environmental benefits that urban trees provide. This webinar will provide an overview of the benefits that trees provide in urban environments and discuss two cases from London, UK, and California, which quantify these benefits.
Participants will gain an understanding of the key drivers associated with the need for green infrastructure and the current trends in urban tree populations. The webinar will provide an overview of the economic and environmental benefits including energy savings, carbon storage, improved air quality, stormwater management, and impacts on property values.
The benefits will be highlighted through the examination of two case studies. The first case study will look at the value of London's urban forests; the second will examine the value of street trees in California. Participants will also be introduced to free peer reviewed modeling tools available to evaluate the benefits of trees at any site.
Considered one of Australia’s leading thinkers in Green Building technologies and sustainable development, James McGregor has over 18 years of experience in the design, construction and portfolio management of sustainable developments.
He brings together a unique combination of experience in the property sector spanning the full property life cycle including research and development, engineering design, construction, facilities management and portfolio management of sustainable power generation, commercial, residential, and institutional construction projects
James has a Masters Degree in Business and Technology, a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.