Annual Training Conference 2019

ATC 2019. Trees & the Triple Bottom Line: protecting people, prosperity and planet. Pacific Northwest ISA Annual Training Conference. Eugene, Oregon, October 6-9, 2019.

Request for Presentation Proposals

Proposals due by 5:00 PM Friday, April 12, 2019

At all scales (local to global), the modern world has become a highly complex, fast-paced and interdependent place where “wicked problems” abound. Whether we’re talking about running a successful business or fighting homelessness, climate change, and violent crime, it is now almost impossible to tease apart social, economic and environmental factors and treat them separately; it’s clear that they are all interconnected. The triple bottom line (TBL) framework is a helpful decision-making tool that can be used by individuals, organizations, and communities to better understand how these factors interrelate and how our choices/actions affect the big picture. This conference is intended to explore the role that trees and urban nature play in our highly-complex modern world, and how arborists and allied professionals can stay on the positive side of things by using the TBL lens to guide their work.

We look forward to providing a wide variety of engaging presentations, inspiring plenary speakers, and extensive networking opportunities that fit with the conference theme “Trees and the Triple Bottom Line.”

Some of the key topic areas surrounding this year's theme include:

  • sustainability (meeting our needs today without jeopardizing the needs of others tomorrow) and full cost/Triple Bottom Line accounting
  • evolving  technologies/work practices/business models for arborists and allied professionals
  • the role of arborists and allied professionals in promoting environmental justice, social equity, and community health/resilience
  • biophilic, salutogenic, and therapeutic landscape design
  • advancing economic, workforce, and community development efforts via Green Infrastructure
  • the measurement, communication, and maximization of tree-related ecosystem services
  • ecological arboriculture
  • arboreal wildlife habitat enhancement/arboreal wildlife monitoring and rescue
  • climate change, de-carbonization, and waste reduction
  • holistic tree risk and urban forest management (maximizing benefits while minimizing liabilities)
  • public/workforce safety and disaster preparedness
  • interdisciplinary approaches to stormwater management, resolving conflicts between trees and built infrastructure, and community engagement

Our goal for this event is to fill the program with visionary, inspiring, and future-focused speakers who can offer practical, engaging, and thought-provoking presentations.

A successful proposal will:

  • provide tangible takeaways: audience members will be able to put good ideas to work right away
  • be informative and of strong interest to conference participants
  • be a single presentation or an interactive panel. We may consider combining single presentations with other compatible presentations.
  • be relevant to one or more of the conference tracks:
    • Municipal Arborists & Urban Foresters
    • Climbing Arborists
    • Commercial Arborists & Consultants
    • Utility Arborists
    • Plenary Sessions (attended by all)
    • Field Day
    • Tree Academies

Presentations in the main conference tracks and plenary sessions are generally an hour long, including time for questions. Field day sessions are generally 1.5 hours long and tree academies are 3 hours or more.

In order for your proposal to be considered, please include the following:

  • Presentation title: In 12 words or less; think brief, catchy, and descriptive.
  • Proposed track: Municipal, Climbing, Commercial, Utility, Plenary, Field Day, Academy
  • Description: (200 words or less) Covering the topic content and proposed means of delivering information. Include a clear and concise explanation of what participants will learn, and how the presentation relates to the conference theme and its proposed track.
  • Speaker contact information If there are multiple speakers, list the first speaker as the primary contact.
    • Name(s)/Title(s) Company name or agency
    • Email address(es)
    • Mailing address(es)
    • Phone number(s)
    • Professional biography Biographies will be used to apply for continuing education credits. PNW‑ISA reserves the right to edit biographies for length for promotional purposes.

Proposals are due by 5:00PM Friday, April 12, 2019

Please email your presentation proposal as a PDF or Word document to Scott Altenhoff and put “PNW-ISA Presentation Proposal” in the subject line.

You will receive confirmation that your presentation proposal was received. Proposals will be reviewed by the conference program committee. You will receive notification of the status of your proposal by April 12, 2019. Please contact us if you have questions!

PNW-ISA ATC 2019 Conference Chair: Scott Altenhoff,, (541)682-4817

We look forward to working with you to make this the best PNW-ISA learning/networking experience ever!


Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Eugene, Cascades & Coast is honored to welcome the attendees of the International Society of Arboriculture Conference and their families to Eugene. Learn more here.