Why You Should Attend

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The Premier Event for Urban Park Professionals

Greater & Greener 2022 is an exciting blend of indoor sessions and outdoor experiences that bring the power of parks to life. The highly curated sessions, workshops, and tours facilitate an honest dialogue around solutions, cross-sector and peer-to-peer networking, and tools for building successful park partnerships. Join innovators and decision-makers from across the global urban parks community in forging a greater and greener path for our cities and urban landscapes.

Reason #1

Address the Serious Issues Facing Parks and Cities

Greater & Greener is the only conference solely dedicated to exploring the full potential of parks as city-building tools. Conference tracks explore parks and infrastructure, job creation, municipal cost-savings, equitable economic development, health benefits, an inclusive civic realm, and resiliency strategies. The highly curated experience with peers and expert voices from across sectors help fosters an honest conversation about the role of parks in solving some of the most challenging issues cities face today

Reason #2

Experience the Philadelphia Parks System

At Greater & Greener 2022, you will experience the unique Philadelphia park and recreation system. Enjoy expert-led tours and workshops highlighting key topics–from infrastructure reuse and nature-based design to public-private partnerships, pioneering play, community-led projects, innovative programming, and environmental stewardship. You’ll experience local initiatives and meet the innovators behind these creative approaches to Philadelphia’s vibrancy.

Reason #3

Invest in Your Organization

Keep your organization on the leading edge while learning the latest research, thinking, and solutions for building, funding, programming, and maintaining parks. Greater & Greener speakers and sessions provide repeatable models and recommendations from some of the most innovative leaders in the parks and recreation world.

Reason #4

Invest in Yourself with Continuing Education Credits

Greater & Greener 2022 is full of continuing education or professional development opportunities that help you maintain your licenses and advance your career. Greater & Greener will announce available credits once sessions are certified, but the 2019 conference included credits for Certified Parks and Recreation Professionals (CRRP), Certified Parks and Recreation Executives (CPRE), Landscape Architect Continuing Education Systems (LA CES), and Certification Maintenance for Planners (CM CREDITS).

Reason #5

Join a Global Conversation with Other Park Leaders

Greater & Greener 2022 is presented by City Parks Alliance in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy. Join leaders from Philadelphia and 200+ cities around the globe for this dynamic gathering. For the latest conference updates, sign up for our newsletter, and connect with City Parks Alliance on Facebook or Twitter using #greatergreener.

Reason #6

Learn from Park Leaders and Replicable Models

Through a unique blend of tours, mobile workshops, deep-dive sessions, innovation labs and other sessions, Greater & Greener explores the natural connections in your own cities. Speakers and moderators are carefully selected and sessions are specifically designed to demonstrate innovative, repeatable partnerships involving public, private, advocacy, funding, and other sectors to provide multiple perspectives.

Reason #7

Leverage Networking Opportunities

Greater & Greener provides valuable networking opportunities with park leaders from across the country and around the world through its many tours, mobile workshops, specific peer-to-peer sessions, receptions, and other special events.

Supervisor Approval Toolkit

Looking for a way to get approval or funding to attend Greater & Greener? We’ve put together a sample letter to share with your supervisor to consider your attendance at our conference.