Greenprint Summit

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability will host the 3rd biannual Greenprint Summit in partnership with the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle and the Hyde Family Foundations.  The event will take place from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park (415 Great View Drive East, Cordova, TN, 38103).

This event is open to the public and FREE to attend.  To RSVP for the Greenprint Summit, please click here or fill out the form below.

Arrival Notice: Events at other locations within Shelby Farms Park are happening simultaneously with the Summit, so attendees should enter via the Walnut Grove Road entrance to ensure they arrive at the venue successfully.

Parking Notice: Attendees should park in the FedEx Event Center parking lot. When entering Shelby Farms Park from Walnut Grove Road, attendees should bypass the first lot (which is for patrons of the Kitchen Restaurant only), and park in the second lot.

Our third biannual Greenprint Summit will focus on the major investments that are bringing our region closer to the 25-year vision of better connected and more livable communities. The Summit speakers will discuss projects that are part of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan and how federal grants are being used in strategic ways to provide multiple benefits for communities, with a specific focus on climate and disaster resilience.

Guest speakers at the 3rd biannual Summit will include opening remarks from Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell as well as presentations from:

Charles A. Flink, Alta Planning + Design

chuck_flinkCharles A. “Chuck” Flink is President of Greenways Incorporated, an international consulting firm based in North Carolina. He is widely regarded as one of America’s leading greenway planners, having completed comprehensive greenway, trail and open space plans for more than 250 communities within 36 States. He has also been a consultant to clients in Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan and St. Croix, USVI. Chuck is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, and is the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Chuck coauthored Greenways. A Guide to Planning, Design and Development, which received a 1994 Merit Award in Communications from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and is cited by the American Planning Association as “the best single reference” on greenway development. Chuck also coauthored Trails for the Twenty First Century. Both books have been translated into Chinese and are used as textbooks at Peking University in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Chuck has been featured in prominent national and international publications including National Geographic, LA China, Landscape Architecture China, Business Journal, Private Clubs, Landscape Architecture, Walking, American Planning, Good Housekeeping, Southern Living and American City County. In 1995, he received an Environmental Excellence Award from the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration for the Swift Creek Recycled Greenway, the nation’s first greenway built from recycled trash. In 2001, he received a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for his work on the Grand Canyon Greenway project.

Chuck has lectured on the creation of greenways at more than 200 national and international conferences. He graduated Cum Laude in 1982 from North Carolina State University’s College of Design and currently serves as Executive in Residence. He also currently serves on the NC State College of Design Leaders Council and Chairs the NC State University Board of Visitors (advisory to the Chancellor). He served three consecutive terms as Chairman of the Board for American Trails, Washington, DC. He served five terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a 3,000 mile urban trail that extends from Calis, Maine to Key West, Florida along the Atlantic Seaboard of the United States. He currently serves on the American Trails National Advisory Board and is Chair of the East Coast Greenway National Advisory Board.

Notable projects include: Grand Canyon Greenway System, Susquehanna River Greenway, Miami River (FL) Greenway, Charleston County (SC) Greenbelt Plan, American Tobacco Trail, Grand Forks Greenway, North Delaware River Greenway (PA), Raleigh Greenprint, MetroGeen Action Plan, KS/MO, NW Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway, River of Grass Greenway, Everglades, FL, Las Vegas Open Space and Trails Plan, Wolf River Greenway (Memphis, TN) and the North Carolina Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

Megan Higgins, Innovate Memphis


Megan began work as Project Manager at Innovate Memphis in May of 2014. As part of the Mayor’s priority to improve access to city services, Megan worked with Parks & Neighborhoods in developing the city’s first online reservation and permitting system for public park space. Currently, Megan is coordinating IM’s work in developing a community partnership model for a city-wide Memphis parks advocacy organization. Megan is also the IM project manager for Reimagining the Civic Commons, a reinvestment effort to drive activity in four contiguous downtown public spaces, Mississippi Park, Memphis Park, the Promenade and Cossitt library.

Prior to Innovate Memphis, Megan had a successful career in art and design in NYC, followed by a long standing assignment as chief bottle washer and partner in a popular restaurant in southwest Montana. In Montana she served on a city council, a library board, and a county historic preservation board. In Memphis she has volunteered with TNAchieves, Tennessee Equality Project, and Crosstown Arts. Megan received her MPA from Montana State University.

Jason Hellendrung, Sasaki Design

jason_hellendrungJason directs landscape architecture, planning, and urban design work on a wide range of complex, urban, public infrastructure projects for the Urban Studio at Sasaki. The power of transformations in infrastructure to reshape cities drives Jason’s interests and practice. Much of Jason’s work involves reshaping cities through public infrastructure improvements—in particular, the redevelopment of urban waterfronts and the integration of transit into cities. His project responsibilities include management and coordination of multi-client stakeholder teams for planning, design, and implementation. He is also experienced in organizing and facilitating public involvement processes for projects.

Jason’s work includes leading Sasaki’s proposal for the HUD Rebuild by Design project for the Jersey Shore, developing 8 community reconstruction plans for NY Rising, redevelopment of the Allegheny Riverfront in Pittsburgh, and development of Shelby County’s application to HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. Jason was the Managing Principal of the Cedar Rapids River Corridor Redevelopment Plan and implementation of several design projects developed by Sasaki with the community to guide the city’s recovery from their historic flood in June 2008. Jason was also the project manager of the urban design and landscape architecture for the Healthline BRT and transformation of Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

Jason plays a major role in Sasaki’s leadership group, exploring the fusion of research and practice. Launched in 2011, the Urban Fabric research initiative and exhibition investigates the challenges of post-industrial textile cities on the Atlantic seaboard and offers strategies for the future. The Sea Change: Boston research initiative and exhibition, launched in 2014, examines Boston’s vulnerabilities to sea level rise and demonstrates proactive design strategies at the building, city, and regional scale.

Summit Agenda:
2:00pm – Welcome by John Michels, Greenprint Coordinator
2:15pm – Introductory remarks by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell
2:30pm – Presentation by Chuck Flink, Alta Planning + Design
3:00pm – Presentation by Megan Higgins, Innovate Memphis
3:30pm – Presentation by Jason Hellendrung, Sasaki
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Meet Greenprint exhibiting partners. Exhibition will be open for entire duration of the event.


In addition to our esteemed lineup of speakers, over 30 partner organizations and agencies will be displaying information about their latest Greenprint-related projects and programs.  The list of confirmed exhibitors is listed below.  NOTE: If you represent an exhibiting organization who is not listed below, please send an email to  Thank you.



  • Agricenter
  • Big River Strategic Initiative
  • Bike Walk Memphis
  • City of Memphis Engineering
  • City of Memphis Comprehensive Planning
  • City of West Memphis
  • Clean Memphis
  • Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • Innovate Memphis: Commute Options
  • Innovate Memphis: Parks Advocacy Group
  • Shelby County
  • Shelby County Health Department
  • Explore Bike Share
  • Friendship Foundation
  • Germantown Parks and Recreation
  • Greater Memphis Greenline
  • Kitchen Community
  • Knowledge Quest
  • Livable Memphis
  • Memphis City Beautiful
  • Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW)
  • Memphis MPO
  • Memphis Tilth
  • Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability
  • Mississippi River Corridor TN
  • Overton Park Conservancy
  • Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
  • Sierra Club
  • University of Memphis (CAESER)
  • Wolf River Conservancy