Speaker Bio

Tom Ellis is the new director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful: “Tucson Clean and Beautiful’s vision, mission, programs and operations reflect long standing respect for resource sustainability and commitment to enhance community resiliency”, Ellis said. Former Urban Forester for the City of Albuquerque, his experience includes a variety of arboricultural, horticultural, and land management positions and over 30 years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors, most recently as the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department Director. His education includes a bachelor of science in agronomy from Mississippi State. Tom is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and municipal specialist, and has served as a board member and president of the Arizona Community Tree Council.


Title: Municipal Partnerships and Green Infrastructure: Herding Cats and a Leap of Faith


The City of Tucson Water Department partnered Tucson Clean and Beautiful to administer a Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting Program. Funded by a water conservation fee, the program enables neighborhood groups to develop storm water harvesting green infrastructure projects. City right of way, parks, schools, and other public properties are project locations. Neighborhood groups agree to maintain the installed green infrastructure. The program is a unique solution in a challenging time. The presentation covers program development, challenges, lessons learned and opportunities.

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