November 15th Conference Call

Attending: Rick Durham, Tom Underwood, Debbie Hamrick, Margaret Pooler, Pam Bennett, Suzi McCoy, Clint Albin, Ellen Bauske, Shannon Spurlock, Julie Weisenhorn, Casey Sclar

  1. Grant Report

    • It was submitted on the 11.14.16. Abstract and listed of letter writers will be posted.
  2. Committee Reports. Debbie, Pam and Julie met via conference call Nov. 7. Discussed individual committee work/focuses and building efficiencies across the three committees.

    • Economic (Debbie reported). Group meet every two weeks. {Planning work for 2017). They are planning work for 2017 and focusing on a project with will have a quick output that will inform future work. There will be an update of Hall’s article on Economic, Environmental, and Health/Well-Being Benefits Associated with Green Industry Products and Services: A Review
    • Community Report (Pam reported). Have meet, discussed lit review. Met with economic and environment committees to talk about dividing literature reviews; since there is overlap, Debbie said she needs to check with Charlie Hall’s grad student to see when her work will be done and let Pam know. They meet monthly, first Monday at 2:00 to accommodate all members.
    • Environmental Report (Julie reported). Committee has met and they are looking at goals, reviewing the literature and searching out one or two things to focus on. Planning lit review to support priority project.
    • Marketing Committee is officially recognized. We not have four committees and three councils.
    • Councils are in the process of gathering members.
  3. Short term goal of Economic Committee: Seeking a method to present information about the significance of Consumer Hort to internal and external stake holders. Proposed creation of an info graphic.

    • Reasoning: This is an opportunity to present us so that those that are in positions of power in influence can see how important we are they will want to support us.
    • Clint asked: Why are we left out, overlooked?
    • Answer: Historical reasons. Not on the radar screen. Just don’t think of the plant side till the very end. Only interface with plant material through a contractor (third party).
    • Project that will show some success. Like a starter home, not where you end up but a great place to start. The info graphic will be based on what we have collected. Direct and indirect benefits “Catalytic Benefits.”
    • Who will help? Pro-bono graphics work. Suzi may be able to do something very simple. We need graphic expertise to really do it well. Tom U. may have the talent in the organization. Suzi outline the benefits of one number. Can this all be boiled down into one number? Jobs, tourism, production, health all in one number? Maybe.
    • Maybe someone can donate the skill for the info graphic. Also need help to vet the graphic and get buy in.
    • Clint suggested pitching this as story for the trade press, help industry – how the graphic was created. Communication committee can take this the magazines. If the magazines write the story, it will be stronger than a press release.
    • Graphic must be Pragmatic and Centrist. Opportunity to present this info to garden center meeting in January – Clint will lead. Very good support for this project from the committee. General consensus is “GO, GO, GO, GO!
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    • Example: CH catalyzes benefits back to Place – improved landscape, more expensive property, improved tax basis, creative people want to live there.
  4. Update on-pager. Get committee on it. Rick and Margaret are co-chairs fix that. Add Marketing Committee to that section. Suzi is the chair. Update Councils.

Debbie’s Notes on Info graphic:

Direct and indirect industry benefits

Plant production and all of the pre-production and post-production economic activity associated with the plant’s development, production, sale and use by the buyer/consumer; Plants in the landscape: Public gardens and arboreta; Serviced managed landscapes; Urban agriculture/community gardens

Catalytic benefits


  • Higher property tax revenues
  • Greater sales prices for properties
  • Higher incomes because of landscape (Toronto/10 more trees per block=$10,000)
  • Greater retail sales
  • Communities that attract the creative class of workers
  • Creation of place-based functional landscapes (Atlanta’s 4th Ward Park) that attracts investment
  • Creation of welcoming spaces that foster community and social connection and interaction
  • Less crime
  • Place and provenance identity and creation
  • Aesthetics
  • Greater tourism


  • Greater population general health through proximity and accessibility to green space
  • Reduced healthcare costs because of higher air quality
  • Access to healthy local foods
  • Improved worker productivity
  • Improved psychological health and wellbeing for individuals and communities
  • Improved cardiac health
  • Increased physical activity through gardening and being in natural/horticultural spaces
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced death in heat waves
  • Less aggression and more focus in children/adolescents
  • Enhanced sports field safety

Environmental/Ecosystems services

  • Stormwater management through plant interception; infiltration; transpiration; retention resulting in less volume of runoff that contains less pollution
  • Less flooding of built infrastructure
  • Soil erosion control
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Sewage treatment
  • Food production in urban spaces proximate to population centers—urban agriculture and community gardens/agriculture
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Pollinator habitat
  • Higher air quality: Particulate matter and oxygen generation
  • Temperature moderation through shade, transpiration and blocking winds
  • UV radiation interception resulting in built surfaces with longer life
  • Less urban glare and reflection
  • Urban Heat Island moderation
  • Reduced noise levels
  • Increased biodiversity
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Reduced pollution