Around the world hundreds of forest communities are protecting the environment and producing forest-positive products that badly need the support of a stable market such as a city can provide. To support these enterprises, the Partner Forest Program connects cities with specific tropical forest areas and communities for mutual benefit, and in support of forest conservation and restoration strategies. These partnerships can take various forms, depending on need and interest. Partnerships can start, for example, with procurement of conservation timber for use in a city landmark, of forest carbon credits, or of non-timber forest products, like coffee, cocoa, or rubber.
Connecting Cities to Forests for Conservation, Restoration and Mutual Benefit
Founder & Director / Pilot Projects
Scott is a designer and systems thinker with a focus on infrastructure that supports long term cultural goals in cities, organizations and ecosystems. Scott’s background in architecture, urbanism, construction, and consulting inform the high value he places on engaging stakeholders directly in the design process—particularly in the midst of today’s overemphasis on efficiency and quantification. Scott has taught at the McGill School of Architecture, Michael Graves College, Parsons The New School for Design, Stanford in New York, and The University of Kentucky School of Architecture. He speaks regularly on systems thinking, wood and forests, workplace design, organizational culture, and sustainability. He holds architecture degrees from the University of Toronto and MIT.