Episode 112: The Importance Of Rethinking Urban Design To Rewilding Projects Everywhere
Chris Hawkins leads the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Cities program where he spends his time focusing on improving regional habitat connectivity and access to nature; creating a more equitable and climate resilient urban forest; and ensuring there is funding and support for helping the region achieve more sustainable outcomes at the intersection of people and nature. Prior to this role, he was a member of TNC’s Chief Conservation Office and Global Cities team since May 2014. Before joining TNC, Chris spent six years in New York City Government, including time with the New York City Department of Education Office of Charter Schools, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, and four years at the Department of Environmental Protection, the city’s drinking water and wastewater utility.
- Re-thinking and rebuilding urban landscapes to protect water, habitat, and promote full-life tree growth
- Rain gardens and water permeable pavers and asphalt
- Changes in the kinds of people attracted to city planning, more open to working with nature, more forward-looking projects
- How to get involved in this exciting work even if you’re not an engineer, biologist, or other specialist
- Subscribe to Leaf Litter at Biohabitats
- Check out TNC’s “Nature In The Urban Century“
- Also see: North American Cities Network
- Visit: Metro Denver Nature Alliance (Metro DNA)
Director of Digital Outreach (D.O.D.O.) for The Rewilding Institute
Host and Producer of the Rewilding Earth Podcast
Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
Through the years, Jack has worked with Dave Foreman and the Rewilding Gang to further Rewilding initiatives and education.