YOUtopia has been created by the American Public Gardens Association in partnership with ecoAmerica.
The American Public Gardens Association advances public gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through national leadership, advocacy and innovation. APGA's 500 member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and nine countries serve over 80 million visitors annually.
ecoAmerica is a non-profit that uses consumer research and strategic partnerships to create large scale engagement programs that build awareness, understanding and action for environmental solutions among mainstream Americans.
As civic and conservation leaders, public gardens have a responsibility, individually and collectively, to reduce climate impacts while motivating society to do the same. YOUtopia is lead by a steering committee of APGA members who have achieved sustainability and visitor engagement successes in their own gardens.
Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Mark Wourms, Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard, Chicago Botanic Garden
Rodney Eason, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden
Kara Newport, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Amy Padolf, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Christopher Dunn, Lyon Arboretum & Botanical Garden, University of Hawai'i
Sheila Voss, Missouri Botanical Garden
Tami Houston, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Mark Richardson, New England Wild Flower Society
George Briggs, North Carolina Arboretum
Peter White, North Carolina Botanical Garden
Caroline Lewis, Pinecrest Gardens
Scott LaFleur, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Pam Meisner, The Water Conservation Garden
Ray Mims, United States Botanic Garden
Sarah Reichard, University of Washington Botanic Gardens