ATAG members Mary Glass and Eric Ackerman presented the 2020-21Work Plan for the Environmental Affairs Committee to officers of the Arlington County Civic Federation (ACCF) via zoom on August 18. A key new project will be a public collaborative to build consensus among key stakeholders on new policies to protect trees. Ackerman, an experienced facilitator, has used public collaboratives effectively with electric utilities to find consensus solutions to problems affecting the public. Policies (e.g., tax, zoning, water) that create incentives to preserve trees in Arlington will be the focus. Next steps will be to identify key stakeholders and get their viewpoints to plan future meetings. For a description of public collaboratives click here.