Australia: The top 10 achievements of the 202020 Vision so far

The 202020 Vision initiative aims to boost green life in our cities by 20 per cent by 2020, which in turn assists in lifting sales of Australian nursery stock. Coming to the end of the calendar year, the organization wanted to take a moment to take stock on the top 10 achievements of the 202020 Vision so far:

1. Launched the 202020 Vision Plan - Off the back of the national Growing the Seeds Tour in 2014, we developed a framework of 20 proven, scalable and replicable solutions to the top barriers to more and better green space. This was the first orchestrated approach to greening that included collaboration and capacity building on a national scale.

2. Promoted Urban Greening onto the national conversation - To date we have achieved over 1169 media stories with a circulation of 60,891,950 (Not including Plant Life Balance).

3. Measured Australia's canopy - Initially this was done in Where Are All The Trees?in 2014 and was recently followed up with Where Should All The Trees Go? which also incorporated socio-ecomonic and heat data.

4. The Urban Forest Masterclasses - After creating the How to Grow an Urban Forest Workbook we undertook masterclasses in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Canberra, the Sunshine Coast and Adelaide. Each masterclass featured talks from national and local green space experts and in total was attended by over 600 people.

5. Launched 10+ tools and resources to overcome the most common barriers to urban greening. These have ranged from Where Should All The Trees Go? an update on canopy coverage in Australia all the way to Green People are from Mars, Engineers are from Venus, a discussion paper on interdisciplinary collaboration.

6. Created a collaboration of over 426 organisations and 4500 individuals - this is activated through this monthly newsletter and also over on LinkedIn, head over and join the conversation.

7. Run My Park Rules - a national school greening competition that was entered by over 100 schools. The judging was completed by high-profile advocates Lucy Turnbull, Tonia Gray and Josh Byrne. The winning park at Marrickville Public School was officially opened in October 2017.

8. Launched both The Black Book of Green People and The Directory of Good Design through The Australian Newspaper - ultimately connecting the right people within the industry to streamline cross-collaboration and promoting innovation and excellence in design.

9. Won the Banksia Sustainable Cities Award - The Banksia Sustainable Cities Award recognises those who are planning, designing, implementing, retrofitting and/or building the necessary infrastructure, technology and/or solutions for their city to adapt, grow and thrive sustainably in a changing environment.

10. Launched Plant Life Balance - The first app in Australia that aims to get people greening their small spaces, changing the landscape of Australia one plant at a time. This is our first time moving into the consumer space and speaking directly to individuals and it has been a major success. So far the app has been downloaded 20,600 times!

Source: 202020 Vision

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