The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters held its 10th annual Environmental Summit at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut on Jan. 15. Hundreds of advocates concerned about the climate crisis, clean water, toxic chemicals, recycling, equitable transportation and more were joined by dozens of state and local elected officials, who attended several panel presentations throughout the day.
A panel titled “Forests and Carbon Sequestration” featured Susan Masino, Vernon D. Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College and a licensed forester, who laid out the case for making mature forests part of a natural solution to climate change.
She was followed by Colleen Murphy-Dunning, an urban forester and director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, and the Urban Resources Initiative at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She talked about the critical role trees play in an urban setting, especially in promoting physical and mental health and equity. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus attended the panel and recorded the full panel discussion.