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Atlantic Green Forum announced

August 9, 2012  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Aug. 9, 2012, St. John’s, NL — Mark your calendar: Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the dates for the 2012 Atlantic Green Forum.

The forum will be held Oct. 29 and 30 at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s, Nfld. 

A design charrette has also been planned for Oct. 28, which will propose how the new City of St. John’s Municipal Plan can incorporate an integrated system of open spaces as a component of plan development. The charrette is being planned in partnership with the City of St. John’s, Tract Consulting, and Northeast Avalon ACAP to ensure a diverse level of participation and project outcomes.


The forum theme is “Open Spaces in Your Community,” including the value of open spaces (social, economical and environmental) and how to best incorporate them into communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.  With a combination of local, provincial and national speakers, this event provides a chance to learn from and network with experts, government officials and municipal staff, landscape architects, builders, and other green industry professionals.

The event will conclude with a lunch with Environment Minister Terry French and a design charrette results presentation, which will be open to all members of the public.

Tour opportunities have also been added on the afternoon of Oct. 30, visiting community green spaces including MUN Botanical Garden and design charrette sites, among others.

A reception and a National Environment Committee meeting, hosted by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, will also be held to discuss best practices for the environmental horticulture industry across Canada.

This year’s forum agenda includes the following presentations and speakers:

  • Ed McMahon on “Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities” and “Economic Benefits of Enhancing and Preserving Community Character”
  • Melanie Sifton on “An Overview of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES)” and Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) and the Canadian Context”
  • Paul Arsenault on “Applying the Principles of Sustainability: It’s Smart, It’s Simple and It’s Profitable”
  • Neil Dawe on “Open Space Planning”
  • Northeast Avalon ACAP on “Protecting our Waterways”

For more information or to register for the forum, visit

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