ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace
February 26 & 27, 2014
Dr. Nina Bassuk has been a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University for the past 30 years. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Urban Forestry Council. In addition, Dr. Bassuk co-authored Trees in the Urban Landscape, a text on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes, and has written hundreds of papers on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification (including the development of CU-Structural Soil), and transplanting technology.
Travis Beck is Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center in northern Delaware. He is a registered landscape architect with a master’s degree in horticulture, a certified permaculture designer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is the author of Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, published in 2013 by Island Press.
Dr. Richard A. Casagrande joined the faculty at the University of Rhode Island in 1976. Since then, he has pursued a career in biological control and a serious hobby in ornamental horticulture. At URI, he serves as Integrated Pest Management coordinator and teaches courses in pest management, biological control, and basic entomology and also directs biological control programs on select insect and weed pests of New England.
Ann English, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, is the RainScapes Program Coordinator in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Montgomery County, MD. She holds degrees in Architectural and Social History (U. Penn), Regional Planning (Penn State) and Landscape Architecture (University of Georgia). For Montgomery County DEP, Ms. English was responsible for the successful expansion of the RainScapes Rewards incentive rebate program. At the same time, she worked to develop technical and educational storm water education resources for general audiences, started the RainScapes for Schools program, and created a training program for landscape professionals.
Mark Highland received his M.S. from the Longwood Graduate Program, focusing on compost and potting soil. After the Longwood Graduate Program, Mark started The Organic Mechanic Soil Company, LLC. As a frequent guest on NBC’s The 10! Show, he showcased the joy of gardening. Mr. Highland is also an approved consultant for the EPA and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, working to educate farms and businesses on foodwaste composting
Dan Jaffe is a propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society. Prior to that, he earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, as well as an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from New England Wild Flower Society. After interning at Garden in the Woods, Mr. Jaffe worked for a year as Plant Sales Coordinator at the Garden.
Emily McCoy, Director of Integrative Research, at Andropogon Associates reviews past and present landscape interventions in order to integrate the best scientific knowledge and the most effective design solutions into future projects. Ms. McCoy’s recent projects include Panther Hollow Watershed Restoration, New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods Master Plan, St. Elizabeth’s Ecological Master Plan, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Shoemaker Green. Ms. McCoy holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a B.S. in Ecology. She is an instructor for Temple University’s Master of Landscape Architecture program.
Lynden B. Miller is the director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park and has designed many gardens and parks in the five boroughs of New York. Ms. Miller received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Smith College in 1999, which described her as one “who uses the beauty and enchantment of public gardens to instill new pride in communities and change the personal and public experience of urban life.” Ms. Miller’s new book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape won the American Horticultural Society 2010 National Book Award.
Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found provides a full immersion into an holistic approach to orchard growing. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Mr. Phillips is author of several books, including The Holistic Orchard, which recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society, and Apple Grower.
Christopher Roddick is the Head Arborist and Foreman of Grounds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For over 20 years, he has developed the garden’s tree care program and established the BBG as a leader in Conservation Arboriculture and veteran tree care. Mr. Roddick consults with landscape architects, designers, and private clients on mature tree preservation, tree risk assessments, and tree protection in construction and development sites. He is the author of the Tree Care Primer a guide to care for young, mature, and veteran trees. When he’s not working in Brooklyn, he is often on an expedition, traveling to the Neo-Tropical forests where he conducts canopy research as a climber and project coordinator.
Scott Smyers is a Senior Scientist at Oxbow Associates, Inc., a wetlands and wildlife consulting company specializing in rare amphibian and reptile study and mitigation. He received his M.S. from the University of Louisiana and has studied the behavior and ecology of amphibian and reptile species native to the eastern United States for more than 17 years. Mr. Smyers has provided consultation services for projects such as residential developments, utility easements, roadway improvements, airport expansions, and development within military facilities to address concerns regarding wetlands and rare wildlife.
Theresa Sprague owns BlueFlax Design and works directly with property owners and conservation commissions on invasive species management and restoration projects throughout Cape Cod. Prior to forming her own company, Ms. Sprague was responsible for coordinating restoration projects from design through construction. She holds a M.S. in Ecological Design from The Conway School.
Dr. John Swallow, a Principal and founder of Pine & Swallow Environmental, holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from MIT. His professional soils and horticulture practice spans four decades and has emphasized soil chemistry, analysis of environmental conditions for plant growth, site rehabilitation, and urban tree planting techniques. He has served on the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Technical Core and Soils Committees for many years. His recent projects include New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Governors Island, Four Freedoms Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and The High Line in NYC.
Dr. John Todd, an internationally recognized biologist, is considered a leader in the field of ecological water purification. Developer of Eco Machines™, he was named one of the 20th century’s top 35 inventors by the Lemelson-MIT Program for Invention and Innovation and a “Hero of the Earth” by Time magazine in 1999. He is the cofounder of several foundations and companies with ecological missions including, The New Alchemy Institute (now The Green Center, Inc.) and Ocean Arks International. He is author of more than 200 articles on biology and planetary stewardship and author of The Village as Solar Ecology, Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address, Reinhabiting Cities and Towns: Designing for Sustainability, and From Eco-Cities to Living Machines. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont and serves on numerous environmental and technical boards including the journal Ecological Engineering.
Keith Zaltzberg is a Partner and founder of the Regenerative Design Group. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Design from UMass Amherst, is an adjunct Faculty member at Conway School of Design and Smith College, and is a certified Permaculture Designer. Mr. Zaltzberg combines his professional training in environmental and Permaculture design with his hands-on experience as a farmer, homesteader and builder to help communities and individuals create new, symbiotic relationships with their landscape and homes.