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.

Steering Committee
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.        

Claude Stephens, Bernheim Arboretum

George Briggs, North Carolina Arboretum

Peter White, North Carolina Arboretum

Mark Richardson, New England Wildflower Society

Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard, Chicago Botanical Garden

Tami Houston, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Kara Newport, Daniel Stowe Botanic Garden

Caroline Lewis, Pinecrest Gardens

Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, Atlanta Botanical Garden

Rodney Eason, Coastal Maine Botanic Garden

Amy Padolf, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Scott LaFleur, Sherman Gardens

Ray Mims, United States Botanical Garden

Sarah Reichard, University of Washington Botanic Gardens

Chistopher Dunn, Cornell Plantations

Pam Meisner, The Water Conservation Garden

Kimberlie McCue, Desert Botanical Garden

Lynne Nemeth, The Arboretum at Flagstaff