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ELA’s 27th Conference & Virtual Eco-Marketplace

Join ELA on March 3 & 4, 2021 for the 27th Conference & Eco-Marketplace – all online.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Choose from two tracks addressing the role of landscapes in a time of climate change. Learn about the short- and long-term effects of climate change on the complex ecosystems we design, manage, and maintain.

Wednesday, March 3 – Track 1 – Landscapes in Transition: Focus on Climate (click for details)

9:00-10:00amLisa Hayden, New England Forestry FoundationEngaging Landowners in Sustainable Stewardship
10:15-11:15amCarrie Brown-Lima, NY Invasive Species Research InstituteImplications of Climate Change for Invasive Species
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Keynote with Hilary Stevens, Restore America’s EstuariesBlue Carbon – The Role of Estuaries in Combating Climate Change
12:45-1:45pmAsmeret Asefaw Berhe, University of California, MercedWhat’s Soil Got To Do with Climate Change?
2:00-3:00pmScott Ollinger, University of New HampshireForest Ecosystems and the Winds of Change: Forests as a Cog in the Earth’s Climate System
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

Wednesday, March 3 – Track 2 – Building Resilience: Landscapes for Now and the Future (click for details)

9:00-10:00amAnn English, Maryland Department of EPAWater Infiltration and Improved Soil Carbon Storage
10:15-11:15amLeah Penniman, Soul Fire FarmFarming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Keynote with Hilary Stevens, Restore America’s EstuariesBlue Carbon – The Role of Estuaries in Combating Climate Change
12:45-1:45pmRyan Serrano, Earth Steward Ecology Inc.Regenerative Landscape Essentials: Tethering Function and Aesthetic
2:00-3:00pmPamela Conrad, CMG Landscape ArchitectureClimate Positive Design – Going Beyond Neutral
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Three tracks of presentations on Thursday offer you many opportunities to sharpen your skills. The experiences of a broad range of practitioners and researchers provide new insights into your design and practice. Or, join an Idea Exchange to explore a hot topic.

Thursday, March 4 – Focus on Design (click for details)

9:00-10:00amCleve West, Cleve West Landscape DesignFood for Thought
10:15-11:15amToby Wolf, Wolf Landscape ArchitectureSharing the Adventure: Design Communications for Ecological Landscapes
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Discussion (detail below)Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Horticulture
12:45-1:45pmGerdo Aquino, SWA GroupThe Aesthetics of Ecology and Why Design Matters
2:00-3:00pmNadia Malarkey, Nadia Malarkey DesignRegenerating Suburbia One Garden at a Time
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

Thursday – March 4 – Focus on Practice (click for details)

9:00-10:00amDan Jaffe Wilder, Norcross Wildlife SanctuaryTaking on the Big Places: How to Build and Maintain Self-Sufficient Landscapes
10:15-11:15amGregg Tepper, Arboretum at Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill CemeteriesNature’s Sanctuary: Challenges of and Solutions for a SITES Gold Landscape
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Discussion (detail below)Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Horticulture
12:45-1:45pmYamily Zavala, Chinook Applied Research AssociationUnderstanding Soil Health and Its Principles for improving Landscape Resilience
2:00-3:00pmDan Peterson, HabAdapt Landscape DesignDesigning for Dry Stone Walling in the Landscape
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

Thursday, March 4 – Idea Exchanges (click for details)

9:00-10:00amThomas RaShad Easley, Yale University School of ForestryRelationships, History, Hip Hop and Forestry: Thinking about Diversity and Inclusion
10:15-11:15amAnna Fialkoff, Wild Seed ProjectRewild in 10 Action Steps
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Discussion (detail below)Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Horticulture
12:45-1:45pmSandra Nam Cioffi, Ink Landscape ArchitectsEmpathy Tech: Leveling the Conversation and Shifting How We Design in the Public Realm
2:00-3:00pmModerator: Dan Jaffe Wilder, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary
Panelists: Michael Piantedosi, Native Plant Trust; Matthew Charpentier, Oxbow Associates
Panel Discussion: Defining Native in a Changing Climate
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

Thursday Lunchtime Discussion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Horticulture


Fostering diversity and inclusion in our companies and organizations requires strong intention and a willingness to engage in difficult conversations. Join us to begin that conversation.

Moderator: Rie Macchiarolo, Parterre Garden Services


      • Mae Lin Plummer, APGA Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

      • Thomas RaShad Easley, Yale University

      • Lupe Gallegos-Diaz, University of California Berkeley

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