ELA Conference

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The 21st Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

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February 25 & 26, 2015
MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA

As we observe increasing pressures and changes in the landscape, it is ever more critical for us to preserve and protect our resources and help sustain local ecosystems. Our 2015 conference program offers many well-known speakers who are experts in their fields. Topics include: plant response to climate and land use changes, designing with rating systems (SITES, LEED, and Living Building Challenge), exploring new fertilizer regu­lations, innovative stormwater management, and much, much more.

Immerse yourself in this two-day exploration of ecological concepts that support living landscapes. Many CEUs are available for this conference.

Intensive Workshops: February 25th

Workshop 1
From Seed to Success:
Creating and Sustaining Dynamic Landscapes
Join us for an in­–depth look at plants, including selection, management, diagnosing and addressing problems, and how plants function once in the landscape. From establishing plugs to the dynamics of plant communities, our speakers and panelists will share their vast experience and diverse knowledge to take us beyond the basics and enable us to make better choices in our stewardship of the land.

Workshop 2
New Strategies for Water Conservation and Protection
Faced with increasing instances of drought and flooding and their detrimental effects on water quality, property and crop production, and native habitat, it is critical that we modify our landscape practices so that we stop contributing to the cause of these problems and become part of the solution. Join us to learn the latest on the construction and performance of re–use and waste water systems, green infrastructure, and new regulations for fertilizers as our experts share their experiences with implementing new practices and design strategies to address the challenges of a changing and unpredictable climate.

Conference Sessions & Idea Exchange: February 26th

Conference Sessions

  • Designing with Tree Preservation in Mind
  • SITES v2 – Rating System Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks
  • Locally Sourced: Growing Native Plants from Collected Seed
  • The Challenge of Residential Design & Rating Systems:
    A Case Study of the Gaddy House
  • The Buzz on Pollinators
  • The Built Landscape: Innovative Models and Tools of the Trade
  • What is the Right Plant?
    New Plant Palettes for a Changing Climate
  • Naturalizing Hardscapes:
    Creative Approaches to Transforming Harsh Urban Spaces

Idea Exchange Panel Discussions

  • Preventative Rx for the Landscape
  • Restoring the Urban Canopy: How Many Trees are Enough?
  • Plant Responses to Climate Change: What Can We Expect?
  • Designing within the Rating System

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Continuing Education Credits
Pesticide credits have been requested from the six New England states, NY and PA. CEU credits have been re­quested from APLD, ASLA, ISA, LA CES, MAA, MLP, MNLA Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist - black and white, NOFA OLCP, and others.

On-site Registration
Register at the event: February 25 and 26.

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