David Tracey is a writer, designer and community ecologist based in Vancouver, Canada.
He is the Executive Director of Tree City, a non-profit ecological engagement group “helping people and trees grow together.” Tree City is currently working with the City of Vancouver towards one of its key Greenest City goals, to plant 150,000 more trees, through the TreeKeepers program.
As a keynote speaker, David has addressed audiences in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe. Lecture topics include engaged ecology, urban agriculture, food security, environmental design, guerrilla gardening, organic vegetable growing, urban forestry, fruit tree management, community development, writing improvement and media awareness.
He is the author of five books:
- The Earth Manifesto: Saving Nature With Engaged Ecology
- Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution
- Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto
- The Mustard Seed (a “hard-boiled Buddhist thriller”)
- The Miracle Tree (a comedy novel)
He is a journalist reporting on politics, culture and the environment from countries on six continents for some of the world’s leading media outlets, including the International Herald Tribune, the Economist, the Tyee, Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, the South China Morning Post, CBC-Radio, ABC-TV and others.
David owns and operates the environmental design and consultation company EcoUrbanist. It specializes in ecological landscape design, environmental reporting and project management for clients from home-owners to government agencies.
He sat as an elected member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council for five years, and represented Vancouver on the Metro Vancouver Agricultural Advisory Committee for three years. He completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors for Heifer International, an award-winning non-profit working to “end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth” in more than 50 countries.
David is the former coordinator of the Vancouver Community Agriculture Network project which was created to start more community gardens, especially among people lacking access to healthy, affordable food, and to advocate for city food growing at all levels. He steered the Downtown Peninsula Intercultural Community Project through the YMCA of Greater Vancouver which trained the Downtown Intercultural Gardeners Society.
He is a tree care expert certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. A consultant on organic tree care, edible landscaping and organic food growing, he often leads workshops for clients including municipalities and community groups.
David is an editor with experience managing large and small projects from North America to Asia. He offers services in personal word coaching and has helped clients from novelists to PhD candidates overcome writing blocks. He has taught courses and led workshops on writing and editing for Simon Fraser University.
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