Holly Elwell

Program Manager, Climate Smart Cities

With a background in urban and environmental policy and planning, Holly applies her skills and expertise in developing innovative green infrastructure solutions for urban resilience. Working with federal, state, local, academic, and other non-profit partners, The Trust for Public Land's Climate Smart Cities Initiative helps cities create new green infrastructure-from waterfront parks and wetlands to green alleys and "water smart" playgrounds-to meet the climate challenge.


The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. We were founded in 1972 with goals of protecting land in and around cities and pioneering new land conservation techniques. Over the years, our work expanded to include projects from inner city to wilderness, and our broad experience has made us a national leader and innovator in city park creation, state and local conservation funding, and using GIS for conservation planning.