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The Economic Value of the Urban Forest

Monday, March 13, 2017

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Ontario Room, Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Boulevard map

Join us over free complementary lunch for a lecture about the importance of the urban forest, followed by a discussion. Presented by Ms. Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer of TD Bank Group, this talk will focus on the economic value of the urban forest.

Karen is an environmental scientist who is widely recognized as a thought leader in environmental business matters. Under her leadership, TD became the first North American-based bank to be carbon neutral. Learning’s from this program were leveraged to implement initiatives aimed at reducing energy use in TD’s business operations, developing a green building program, renewable financing products for residential and small business customers, and an innovative carbon offset program focused on partnerships with not-for-profit groups.

Prior to joining TD, she spent more than 15 years working as an environmental consultant to a diverse base of clients in North and South America, Europe and Africa. Since 2008, as TD’s Chief Environment Officer, Karen has been responsible for developing TD’s environmental strategy, enabling it to differentiate itself from others by embedding an environmental perspective throughout the bank’s business operations.

Working with TD Economics, Karen and her team have helped advance conversations about incorporating natural capital into business decisions, and the value of our urban forests. In 2014, TD released two papers looking at the natural capital value of urban forests in Canada, titled: Urban Forests: The Value of Trees in the City of Toronto, and The Value of Urban Forests in Cities Across Canada.

Lunch is included with registration. Share this event on Facebook and Twitter This is the first in a series of talks brought to you by, The City of Markham; Public Realm Speaker Series, what we are doing to provide engaging and sustainable public spaces for all our residents and visitors.

Event Organizer: Public Realm Speaker Series, City of Markham
Telephone: 905-477-7000
Email Contact: publicrealm@markham.ca
Website Address: https://theeconomicvalueoftheurbanforest.eventbrite.ca





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