Urban Visionaries: Greg Levine
Urban Visionaries is a series of educational events aimed at providing members with a chance to meet the visionaries who are shaping the urban landscape in Atlanta. The September speaker will be Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director & Chief Program Officer of Trees Atlanta. Urban Explorers of Atlanta supports Trees Atlanta through their GIVEBACKATL! membership incentive program. This event will take place in the new Trees Atlanta Treehouse, which is their new interactive learning center located next to Rathbun’s in the Stoveworks building.
- 6:00 – 6:45, Networking Reception at the Krog Bar
- 7:00 – 8:00, Presentation + Q&A w/ Greg Levine
- 8:00 – 9:00, After Party at Krog Street Market (optional)
What is an Arboretum? What is the true purpose of the trees, native plants, and prairies along the Atlanta BeltLine? Greg Levine, the Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer of Trees Atlanta, will discuss how the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum connects Atlanta communities back to nature. The Atlanta BeltLine is designed as a recreation and transit corridor. With the growth of the Arboretum along its trails, the 22-mile BeltLine becomes a living installation that beautifully connects people to the urban forest and reconnects us to many elements of the local ecosystem.
Greg will address the radiating influence of the Arboretum on the surrounding neighborhoods and to broader communities around the BeltLine. Some aspects of the Arboretum introduce new aesthetics that are more wild and native than some visitors may be accustomed to. Why has the Atlanta BeltLine and Trees Atlanta chosen this route and what is their long-term vision for our City in the Forest?
Greg Levine received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist. He has worked at Trees Atlanta since 1995 and is currently the Co- Executive Director and Chief Program Officer. Greg has helped to create and develop many programs including: NeighborWoods, Forest Restoration, Neighborhood Arboreta, the BeltLine Arboretum and many educational programs.
Greg was recently named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Sustainability.