Town Hall Meetings

The ACES 2018 Conference is pleased to present a variety of Town Hall Discussions during the conference. Town Hall Meetings will be under the guidance and direction of the Town Hall Meeting Organizer, who will moderate the discussion. Town Halls may have designated topic leaders or other appointed speakers who may lead discussions, however, in this informal setting, attendees are encouraged to take an active role and participate in discussions led by the moderator.

Town Halls will be offered in the lunch and evening hours of the conference. Please make plans to attend and share your voice in these collaborative discussions.

Current town hall descriptions can be viewed by clicking on the session titles below.


Tuesday Lunch Town Hall Meetings

Don't Forget the People - Environmental Justice and Ecosystem Services

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Organized by: Chris Hartley

Incorporating Ecosystem Services through Natural Infrastructure: Diverse Perspectives from the Business World

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Organized by: Martha Rogers


Tuesday Evening Town Hall Meetings

Ecosystem Markets: Time To Rebrand?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Organized by: Melissa Gallant

How do we Achieve an Integrated Approach to Valuation?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Organized by: Doug MacNair

Conservation Innovation Grants: Over a Decade of Supporting Environmental Markets Development—Where Do We Go from Here?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Organized by: Kari Cohen


Wednesday Lunch Town Hall Meetings

Ecosystem Services and/or Nature's Contribution to People?

Wednesday December 5, 2018 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Organized by: Stephen Polasky

Green for What?

Wednesday December 5, 2018 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Organized by: Jessie Martin

Increasing Opportunities for Private Investment on Public Land

Wednesday December 5, 2018 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Organized by: Chris Hartley


Thursday Lunch Town Hall Meetings

Nature-based Solutions to Address Societal Challenges

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Organized by: Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham

Creating New Opportunities for Shared Investments in Working Forest Lands

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Organized by: Kelley Hamrick




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