OUR TEAM

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Mark Cassini

Co-Founder, Community Greening

Why is Community Greening important to you?

So many of us feel helpless when faced with the serious risks associated with climate change. Community Greening creates an informative conversation about our impact on the land, and empowers people to participate and improve it.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

I love visiting the natural areas near my home like Delray Oaks, Pondhawk and Yamato Scrub. It’s an amazing escape to exercise, be immersed in nature, and imagine what this area was like only a century ago.

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James R. Chard

City Commissioner, City of Delray Beach

Why is Community Greening important to you?

Landscape and tree canopy are the only things that prevent Delray from being a sun parched expanse of sand. Green plants nourish us, provide homes for wildlife, reduce ambient temperature, prevent storm water runoff, and filter pollutants from our groundwater. And yet, trees and landscape are under constant attack by developers, local regulations, city governments, utility companies, and invasive species. It takes a committed organization like Community Greening to reverse the trends which are causing the deforestation of our City. With an educated and energized citizenry, we can reclaim the parking lots, prevent clear cutting of development properties, and protect, nourish, and expand the trees, shrubs, grasses, and vines that can make Delray a tropical paradise.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

I would start with the Green Cay nature preserve, a tranquil ecosystem that was once a cabbage farm and is now returned to its native state (plus it serves as a tertiary water filtration system). But also include the banks of the E4 canal, the cultivated acres of Mounts Botanical Garden, and the Delray Oaks bird sanctuary.

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Emanuel Dupree Jackson Jr.

Founding Director
Emanuel Jackson Sr. (EJS) Project, Inc

Why is Community Greening important to you?

Community Greening gives kids from our community a chance to
improve their surroundings by planting trees and learning about the
positive affects green spaces have on the environment. It also gives our youth a sense of ownership and responsibility within their community.
When these kids are working productive adults, 10 years from now,
they’ll be able to see the contributions they’ve made to the improvement of
their city.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

Lake Ida because of the great mix of green space and fresh
water fishing which always makes me happy. Whether it’s sitting at a
picnic table with family while grilling or pulling in a bass or
catfish, spending time at Lake Ida helps me get to my peaceful place.

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Jason McCobb

Owner, Farmer Jay Pure Organics

Why is Community Greening important to you?

When helping people design their gardens I consider three things in this order.

 

1. Feed Humans
2. Feed Nature
3. Wind Block and Shade

 

Keeping these three factors in mind when building new landscape guarantees two things, we never go hungry and we stimulate the local ecology positively. Working with Community Greening gives us an opportunity to make this connection with our community space. My wish for all of us is to have a strong local food system with nobody going hungry, even the critters.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

Over the past seven years I have been on a tour of Palm Beach County through backyards, even after seeing over a thousand, I aspire to see more. Seeing these spaces and how people relax are my favorite places to visit in Palm Beach County.

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Jeff Nurge

Owner, Native Choice Nursery
Owner, Florida Native Gardening

Why is Community Greening important to you?

The availability of land to set aside as natural areas is quickly coming to an end. Our last frontier is in our own backyard. Our cities and residential areas are poised to pick up the pace in replacing those lost habitats by re-introducing plants and trees to the benefit of our bird and butterfly wildlife species that heavily depend on these plants for their survival. To this end we save those creatures and ultimately ourselves from a world devoid of life.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

I have no favorites. All areas have their unique features, vegetation and wildlife. And I like to visit them all to appreciate what they have to offer. From the coastal hammocks of Gumbo Limbo park to the sand scrub of Yamato Scrub to the wet lands of Green Cay.

Carolyn Pendelton-Parker

Carolyn M. Pendelton-Parker

Landscape Architect

Why is Community Greening important to you?

I grew up in Delray Beach and loved the pines, palms and banyan woods. I now utilize artful botany in my design work. Beyond aesthetics, plants CREATE our environment and offer all species a home. Natural ecologic systems and built landscapes enrich our community and the planet. My motto is Plant More Trees!

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Morikami Gardens, Mounts Botanical Garden, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and Barwick Park to name a few. Always looking for green spaces that take my breath away.

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Matt Shipley

Co-Founder, Community Greening

Why is Community Greening important to you?

CG is important to me because it makes the connections between big environmental issues and how the people can make a difference on the community level. CG focuses on inspiring and educating the people for a more sustainable future for our mother earth and the future generations of this world.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

When I hear green space, I think of an open space in nature and growing up here in Delray, one of my favorite places will always be our beaches (even though I spend most of my time picking up ocean trash or cigarette butts).

Conor Tamms

Conor Tamms

Certified Public Accountant, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Why is Community Greening important to you?

I believe that we have an unwritten obligation to those that will come after us, whether it be in one year or one thousand years, to leave our environment in as good or better shape than when we entered it. Community Greening provides a means for us individuals in the local community to make a positive impact on our environment while fostering community responsibility.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

The beaches. Whether it be North End in Delray on the weekend or the Juno Beach pier when I’m having a stressful workday, I can always find peace at the beach.

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Adriene Tynes

Director of Accreditation, Non-Profits First

Why is Community Greening important to you?

Green spaces are critical for our emotional and physical wellbeing, and they’re great for the local economy. I’m excited to be a part of an organization that’s bringing together communities to improve our environment and make Palm Beach County a better place to live, work, and play.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

I love John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. There are mangroves as far as you can see from the boardwalk, and the hammock is a great place for strangler fig and live oaks.

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Emma-Jane Winters

Pediatric Consultant, Weatherby Healthcare

Why is Community Greening important to you?

Community Greening is our future, it’s our responsibility. CG invites residents to participate in making environmental changes that will improve our community and provide lasting effects for years to come.

 

Where is a Green Space in Palm Beach County you like to visit?

Just a walk across the street from my house to the Seacrest Natural Scrub Area and I feel totally removed from the stresses of daily life. Whether it’s a leisurely weekend walk or quickly rescuing a turtle from Seacrest Blvd. to return him home. Any time I visit, it’s the perfect escape.