Conversations With Olmsted: Climate Change (Virtual)

How do Olmsted parks combat the effects of climate change?

Designs by Frederick Law Olmsted and the Olmsted Firm heralded many modern principles of ecological health, conservation, and sustainability. Their parks, including Central Park, offer extraordinary examples of how visionary landscape design can address flooding and sanitation, and how healthy greenspaces serve as vital natural corridors for birds and other wildlife.

Nevertheless, Olmsted landscapes aren't immune to the effects of climate change. For example, wildfires threaten Olmsted’s California State Park system and algal blooms and tree loss plague parks around the country—requiring thoughtful response and informed action.

On April 25, Olmsted 200 and the Olmsted Network will bring a panel of experts together to examine the challenges of climate change and the role that parks can play in producing a sustainable future. USA Today National Reporter on climate, environment, and weather Dinah Voyles Pulver will moderate a conversation with American Society of Landscape Architects CEO Torey Carter-Conneen, Brookline, Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Works Erin Chute Gallentine, and Central Park Conservancy Director of Thought Leadership Steven Thomson.

This event is the 13th webinar in the popular Conversations with Olmsted series. Hosted by the Olmsted Network—formerly the National Association for Olmsted Parks—for Olmsted 200, these programs examine different aspects of Olmsted’s far-reaching influence on America’s physical landscape and social fabric.

Olmsted 200 runs through April 26, 2023. To learn more about this celebration, visit their website and follow them on social media.