Who We Are
CanopyBloomington is a social impact organization created to maximize Bloomington's tree canopy and sustainably manage Bloomington's urban forest for trees' many environmental, health, economic, and social benefits, with a focus on tree equity and community engagement.
Why We Care
Trees improve our quality of life in numerous, diverse, and important ways! It is critical that we plant more trees where they're lacking, help those trees survive and grow into mature trees that provide real benefits as canopy and carbon sinks, diversify our tree species so that a single disease can't destroy our urban forest, and engage and educate homeowners and citizens on how to properly care for their trees. Without a long term vision and investment in our urban forest, we will see this vital resource and our quality of life in Bloomington disintegrate. We must start now, for the benefit of current and future generations.
Our mission is to engage the Bloomington community in planting and caring for our urban forest together, in order to build a resilient and equitably green city for all.
We envision a well-connected and informed community where we all get to reap the economic, health, and ecological benefits of trees! We do this by working together as neighbors to steward Bloomington’s urban forests and other green infrastructure. We imagine a resilient and equitable urban forest created by everyone for everyone.
Community and Cooperation Inspire, educate, empower, and employ the community toward our common goals, working with all stakeholders for the benefit of Bloomington and our urban forest.
Equity and Inclusion Ensure communities that need greening the most are prioritized and have equitable access to opportunities and resources; support youth and those in need with job opportunities.
Environmental Sustainability Promote the stewardship and management of a resilient and sustainably-structured urban forest to yield a highly functional urban ecosystem now and into the future.
Public Health and Happiness Facilitate improved physical and mental health of residents and increase community capacity by building a greener city through community engagement.
Science and Creativity Dedicated to transparent, data-driven decision-making integrated with creative and inspirational initiatives that celebrate and communicate our green goals.
Ava Hartman graduated from the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University with a BA in Environmental Sustainability and Biology in 2023. She serves as the McKinney Climate Fellow Project and Outreach Coordinator for the Environmental Resilience Institute where she assists with partner outreach and student recruitment. She now serves as the Forestry Director for CanopyBloomington, where she organizes tree plantings for the fall and spring and leads the Youth Tree Tender program in the summer.
Board of Directors
Philippa has experience in business, as an environmental attorney, and as General Counsel at the Indiana University Foundation. In 2016, she joined the City of Bloomington as Corporation Counsel. Philippa has served on the Bloomington Growth Policies Plan Steering Committee and the Environmental Commission, Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe and Owen Counties (now HealthNet), and Centerstone, Inc., and is currently a board member of Cardinal Stage Company. She was born and raised in Green Bay, WI where she was a girl scout and first developed her love for the outdoors, particularly trees. She has an A.B. in History from Dartmouth College, a JD from the IU Maurer School of Law and an MPA in Environmental Policy from the O’Neill School at Indiana University-Bloomington.
Co-founder, Vice President
Sarah Mincey is a social-ecological systems scientist who studies community-based natural resource management and environmental governance, with particular emphasis on urban forest management. In her current role as faculty at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University (IU), she serves as the director for the Integrated Program in the Environment, administrative director for the IU Research and Teaching Preserve, and managing director of the Environmental Resilience Institute. She maintains much of her research activity through her affiliation as research associate with the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.
Community Forestry Committee Chair
Rob Kendall is a 2018 IU graduate currently working in the ecological restoration field. As an ecological restorationist at Eco Logic LLC, he removes invasive species within urban and rural settings as well as creates areas for native plants, including trees. Robert aims to positively increase his impact on the environment by contributing his experience within the environmental field and urban forestry to CanopyBloomington.
Education and Outreach Committee Chair
Julie Roberts believes Nature is the ultimate tech genius and that we are lost as a species unless we harness the Power of Trees. She sees a peoples’ movement of Suburban & Urban Victory Forests to cool our cities and homes, channel and harness our massive rainfalls, and surround ourselves with the beauty of Nature that everyone deserves.
Julie served 16 years on the Utilities Service Board overseeing Bloomington’s stormwater, drinking water and sewer systems. She had a brief career in advertising followed by 20 years as an educator and 10 years running the Ivy Tech Waldron art galleries.
Secretary, Treasurer, Marketing and Communications Committee Chair
Marcella is a tree-hugging artist who makes books, folds paper, paints, and practices slow-stitching. She worked at IU for 15 years in the School of Art, Architecture + Design, but since the pandemic, she has been a stay at home mom & artist. A lifelong love of trees, forests, hiking, and camping has motivated her to work with CanopyBloomington so that others might learn how much richer and healthier trees make our lives here in Bloomington.
After leaving a career in Public Service, Jerad spent 2 years working in the western mountain states. He has experience in woodland fire, forest management and tree planting after fire and logging operations. Upon returning to Indiana he brought what he learned to start a tree business with an effort to do things differently. He enjoys working with others who are passionate about our relationship with trees within our community.
Clinical Professor Emeritus at IUB O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Senior Research Fellow at The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop where he was the former Co-Director and Interim Director (2012-14). He continues to lead the Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group (BUFRG) (https://urbanforestry.indiana.edu/). He was the State Forester/Director of the Indiana Division of Forestry (1990-2005) and formerly a Professor of Forestry at both Purdue University and University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has received numerous awards and honors including the 2013 Frederick Law Olmsted Award by the Arbor Day Foundation. Burney received BSF, MSF and PhD degrees from Purdue University (1969, 71, 74). While at O’Neill Dr. Fischer developed courses in Urban Forest Management and Urban Ecology. Burney’s interest in Bloomington’s urban forest began in earnest in 2006-07 when is assembled a SPEA student team to conduct a re-inventory of the city’s pubic street trees for the City Forester. Subsequent BUFRG projects updated portions of the inventory. The city’s urban forestry program became a regular component of the Urban Forest Management course with class field trips, student team projects evaluating specific neighborhoods, etc. A current on-going research project led by BUFRG researcher and PhD student Stephanie Freeman-Day is examining Bloomington’s urban forest patches over time as a social-ecological system.
Matt has been practicing arboriculture for over 20 years as an ISA Certified Arborist. He is passionate about learning and educating others about trees. He is also dedicated to working with other professionals to change the way we care for trees. While Matt enjoys planting and training young trees, he especially loves working to preserve mature or heritage trees. Matt lives out in the middle of no where with his wife and six children where they get to enjoy all the beauty and benefits of being surrounded by the forest.
Jodi Baker is the digital content manager at The Media School at Indiana University. Prior to joining IU, she spent five years at the Monroe County YMCA as the marketing and communications director and held various roles on the marketing team at Author Solutions for eight years. She brings extensive experience creating marketing strategies to help inform the community about CanopyBloomington’s initiatives. She moved to the Bloomington area in 2004 and earned a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University. During the weekends, you’ll probably find her hiking with her husband and dog in one of the forests surrounding Bloomington.
Douglas Sanders has spent his career as a Paper Conservator, preserving our collective written and documentary heritage for future generations. He sees similar contemporary themes with the preservation and restoration of our natural world.
Doug is a certified Indiana Master Naturalist and actively takes part in citizen scientist and volunteer opportunities around Bloomington and Monroe County, to invest in the wealth of our natural world. He enjoys nothing more than spending free time working outside in his garden, hiking and camping in local parks with a field guide in hand, and bicycling throughout southern Indiana.
DAVID ST. JOHN
David has been an active member of the Bloomington community for over 30 years. He has served numerous organizations in a volunteer capacity including the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington, the YMCA of Monroe County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, and Habitat for Humanity. He was appointed by the Governor to Chair the Region 8 Workforce Board to partner with for-profit, non-profit, and educational organizations to develop training pipelines preparing area Hoosiers for high-demand jobs. In 2017 he received the Workforce Development Award from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. David has worked at Cook Medical in Bloomington for over 30 years in Leadership roles in Product Development, HR, and IT. He has a BS in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from UCLA. He has enjoyed replacing and maintaining over a dozen aged-out trees in his yard, including a Kentucky Coffeetree planted by Canopy at their first neighborhood planting.
Leadership Launch Supporters
Mary Claire Bassett
Marcia Veldman & Bryan Berkly
Amy Countryman & Jeff Mansfield
Joel Grant & Erin Duff
Michael & Stephanie Gregory
Erin Hatch & Daniel Ishmael
Marcella Hughes & James Russell
Wayne & Cindy Mincey
Matt & Jennifer Prusa
Tina & Tony Somes
Robert D. Specht
Ken & Pat Woodhouse
Anonymous Donor-Advised Component Fund of the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County
David & Kathryn Mincey
Burney and Barb Fischer
Jeff & Legene White
Sponsors & Grantors
Limestone Post Magazine
Limestone Post Magazine is the flagship publication of Limestone Media, Inc., an independent, nonprofit organization created to better inform all residents in Bloomington and the surrounding communities about their vital interests and concerns. Limestone Post publishes inclusive stories covering a range of topics, and since they became a nonprofit in 2019, their focus has shifted even more to solutions-based journalism to show how people and organizations are responding to issues in their communities.
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the largest singly-accredited community college in the country, with classes available in 75+ communities across the Indiana, including in Bloomington! Ivy Tech has 70+ academic programs and tuition-free certification programs, and prides themselves on meeting students where they are and giving them the resources and flexibility they need to succeed.
Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County
The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County brings together individuals, families, and businesses who care deeply about Monroe County and supports important causes, resources, and community initiatives for the betterment of the county's future. They offer grant funding, collaboration opportunities, and advice for innovative ideas and people that will have a lasting impact in Monroe County.