This is a guest blog by Mike DeBonis. Mike is Executive Director at The Forest Guild, where he works to practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and t… Read more »
Jenny works to engage communities to secure sustainable water supplies through water efficiency.
Jenny joined American Rivers in 2007. Prior to that she worked as an independent consultant in Atlanta providing community, land and organizational development support to groups, government and citizens. Jenny served as Director of Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the City Parks Foundation. Under Jenny’s stewardship the program worked with more than 4000 groups and 65,000 park supporters to start, strengthen and support community involvement in the 28,000 acres of New York City parks.
Jenny joined Partnerships for Parks in 1997 to organize an effort to transform the Bronx River from a neglected dumping ground to a healthy urban waterway. Over a period of four years, she gradually built community support for the River through a strategy of intensive outreach, public events/education, and community transformation. Ultimately, she helped build the Bronx River Alliance, a coalition of more than 65 government agencies, community organizations, schools and businesses, and attracted nearly $115 million in public and private funding to the river.
Before Partnerships, Jenny worked with citizens, businesses and government agencies in Atlanta to transform vacant lots, abandoned industrial sites and areas along the Chattahoochee River into public green spaces, community gardens and greenways.
B.A. in Anthropology and Human & Natural Ecology from Emory University, and M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture from the University of GeorgiaBronx River and Chattahoochee River
Blog Posts By This Author
Wetland Drought | USGS From where I sit in Georgia, it’s Spring. The rains are here, flowers are in bloom (as they have been since January), rivers are running high(er), and drought, at least for now, is far from the headlines. Yet, I know what… Read more »
Citizen Advisory Committee members looking over the City’s new green infrastructure plan | Jenny Hoffner Atlanta is known for being a city of trees and lush green landscapes. At the same time, it is also known for being a congested sprawling metropoli… Read more »
U.S. Drought Monitor Map | Richard Heim, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC This summer we have seen and felt the impacts of one of the worst droughts in the last 50 years. As of late June, over 55% of the country was experiencing moderate to extreme drought. The map to… Read more »
Take Action to Protect theChattahoochee River Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for the Glades and Bear Creek reservoirs! Continuing our spotlight on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2012, today is Chattahoochee River Day! In… Read more »
Like many communities across the Southeast, Lancaster County, South Carolina is proposing a new reservoir as a way to attract and support new development. The new bi-state Catawba-Wateree River Basin Commission asked to hear from American Rivers at its… Read more »
Water Splash | Credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell My one year old daughter Aviva sits in the bath tub and marvels at the sprinkle of water that splashes her face. She swats it and surprises herself. Overjoyed, she leans over, drinks it and smiles. It is ma… Read more »
My one year old daughter Aviva sits in the bath tub and marvels at the sprinkle of water that splashes her face. She swats it and surprises herself. Overjoyed, she leans over, drinks it and smiles. It is magic! Or at least, it seems like it to her. But… Read more »
Americans consume over 29 billion gallons of drinking water per day. That’s a lot of water. And 80% of all water used in the US comes from surface water sources – mostly our rivers. As our communities grow and as we face the effects of climate change,… Read more »