New ISHS Working Group: Ecosystem Services in Horticulture

ISHS Secretariat

Establishment of a new ISHS Working Group on Ecosystem Services in Horticulture - Working Group operating under the ISHS Division Landscape and Urban Horticulture.
Statement of Purpose for 2018-2022 - web link: https://www.ishs.org/ecosystem-services-horticulture

This working group is formed to address the issues surrounding the quality of life in urban environments as climate change intensifies the negative effects of urbanization. The intention of this group's activities is to bring together horticultural academics, researchers, and professionals, urban planners and landscape architects, and entrepreneurs across the horticultural and infrastructure spectrum for cross-disciplinary discussion, collaboration, and innovation targeted at mitigating heat island effects, fresh food deserts, stormwater pollution, air quality issues, water scarcity, human health, happiness, and safety concerns, and various other environmental degradations.

The main goal in the next four years will be to raise awareness of the working group and engage interest and membership from the various sectors mentioned above through professional society and academic newsletters and email lists. The outcome of this goal will be to hold a symposium at UC Davis that will be as successful as the first International Symposium on Greener Cities for More Efficient Ecosystem Services in a Climate Changing World held in Bologna, Italy in 2017 - https://www.ishs.org/symposium/579.

I will work with the colleagues who convened the first symposium as well as my University of California colleagues to gain insight and suggestions for the symposium keynotes speakers, the subject tracks, and the best ways to attract non-academic participation. I will seek appropriate company sponsorships to help defray costs of the symposium and provide opportunities at the symposium for display of innovative materials and technologies pertinent to this working group's focus. I am also requesting dormitory housing on campus at a reduced rate to encourage student attendance and participation.

To join this Working Group sign in to your ISHS user account, navigate to "Workgroups/Mailing Lists" and tick the boxes next to "Workgroup Ecosystem Services in Horticulture" before confirming the update with the button in the bottom of the page.

Respectfully submitted,
Karrie Reid - ISHS Working Group Ecosystem Services in Horticulture Chairperson (WG UH5)
Environmental Horticulture Advisor
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
San Joaquin County Cooperative Extension
skreid@ucanr.edu
Phone: (+1)209-953-6109

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quality of life in urban environments
heat island effects
fresh food deserts
stormwater pollution
air quality issues
water scarcity
human health
happiness
safety concerns
environmental degradation
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