2nd Bi-Annual Greenprint Summit Will Be Held on June 23rd

Release date: 6/1/2016

Memphis, Tenn. —On Thursday, June 23rd, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability will host the second Bi-Annual Greenprint Summit in partnership with the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and Hyde Family Foundations. The event will take place from 7:30 am to 10:30 am at the Memphis Botanic Gardens and will highlight regional speakers on their success with green infrastructure (parks, trails, bike lanes) and connect attendees to local leaders who are developing and activating community assets that will result in a higher quality of life for all.

Speakers include:
·  Karl Dean, former Mayor of Nashville (2007-2015)
·  Ryan Gravel, Founding Principal, Sixpitch and Atlanta BeltLine visionary
·  Laura Morris, former Executive Director, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy (2010-2016)
“Mid-South communities are changing and growing. Investing in green spaces and protecting our parks is vital, now more than ever. This Greenprint Summit will give locals an opportunity to hear from experts on the importance of these investments and the benefits of green spaces for the livability, vitality, and success of our region,” said John Michels, Greenprint Coordinator.
Impact of Green Spaces
·  Proximity to a developed park improves property values.
·  Green spaces help provide more opportunities for healthier lifestyles and helps combat obesity.
·  Green resources can mitigate air and water pollution impacts on public health.
·  Developed park, trails and bike lanes are known to be a key factor in attracting people to cities.
The development of urban greenways often has a positive, statistically significant impact on the value of nearby homes, according to the League of American Bicyclists.  A study of home values near the Monon Trail in Indianapolis, Ind., for example, showed that homes closer to the trail would sell for an average of 11 percent more than similar homes built further away.  Additionally, an economic analysis of a sample of neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area by the Brookings Institute found that: “More walkable places perform better economically. For neighborhoods within metropolitan Washington, as the number of environmental features that facilitate walkability and attract pedestrians increase, so do office, residential, and retail rents, retail revenues, and for-sale residential values."
The Greenprint Summit is made possible by the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and Hyde Family Foundations.
The summit is free and open to the public. Register at
For more than 175 years, the Greater Memphis Chamber has been the lead economic development organization for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.