Where Virtual - Learning Lab
Contact Sarah Redden [email protected] 240-707-2124

IPC are proud partners with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Casey Trees in our Trees for Sacred Places program. We work with congregations across the bay region to help increase tree canopy, reduce stormwater runoff, mitigate flooding, and add beauty to their grounds. This project aims to address an array of challenges, including carbon sequestration, improved air and water quality, and reduction of urban heat island effects through the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Urban Tree Planting initiative.   

In this webinar you'll hear directly from the experts in the field. They'll give the details on what trees need to be healthy. You'll learn about how regular tree maintenance encourages healthy tree growth and can increase the production of flowers and fruits. Find out about signs you should look to ensure the longevity of your trees. Trees are the most valuable part of your landscape, so come learn all about the range and importance of nature's wonder. 

Guest Speakers:

Zach Carnegie is a Forests Projects Coordinator with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to joining the Alliance, Zach worked to fund and implement reforestation plantings in Pennsylvania as a Riparian Forest Buffer Specialist within the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, contracted through the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Zach’s excited to be bringing his experience back to Maryland and looks forward to working with partner organizations and landowners to expand forest cover.

Gaby Elliot is an Urban Forester with Casey Trees, who is handling the design and installation logistics of many of the Trees for Sacred Places plantings. She began working with Casey Trees in the summer of 2022, after completing a M.S. in Forest Resouces and Convservation from the University of Florida. She has spent several years working in both urban and rural forests. 

Phil Downey is the founder of the Laudato Trees Team and a member of the Care for Creation Committee of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. He is also a parishioner at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC, and an active member of Citizen’s Climate Lobby. He is a Casey Trees 2023 Canopy Awards honoree. He also serves on the board of Victory Housing Inc., the affordable housing development subsidiary of the Archdiocese of Washington and has also served as Chairman of the American Seniors Housing Association.

We will also hear from Father Vidal of Saint Ignatius Church, who had more than 20 trees planted throughout their beautiful property that is home to a historic church in Prince Georges County.

If your congregation or community is interested in planting trees on your congregational grounds or the surrounding neighborhood in the future, and specifically if you are located in the red areas on this CBT Urban Trees map please complete the interest form here. Let’s plant more trees! 

These webinars are designed to supplement the core Faithful Green Leaders Training, but everyone is welcome to participate.



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