The 2021 Greenways & Trails Summit will be held at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA on September 19-21. The Summit seeks to inspire improvements and expansion to Pennsylvania’s trail system, build peer networks, and celebrate successful projects connecting the public to land and water trails throughout the state. Taking inspiration from our host location, the theme this year is Blue, Green & Everything in Between: Connecting PA’s Land and Water Trails.
Over the course of 3 days, the summit will offer dozens of educational sessions, 4-5 mobile seminars, keynote presentations, discussion panels, and various social and networking opportunities to our attendees.
The Summit is financed in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program, Federal Highway Administration, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
A Journey of Activism, Environmental Justice, Diversity, and Sustainability
Fred Tutman came to waterkeeping after 25 years of chasing news and film production assignments all over the globe as freelancer. A midlife career change reconnected him to nature and the local river that ran through his neighborhood. As an African American activist and environmentalist, he embarked on an 18-year (so far) journey to change the fate of his river, reconnect to his own origins, and mobilize a movement to salvage one of Maryland’s most geopolitically significant rivers. Fred will share some of the lessons learned via his personal journey of activism, environmental justice, community organizing, diversity, and sustainability.