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ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2018

March 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am EDT - March 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT

$20 - $460

ELA Conference – Sustaining the Living Landscape

Weather Update:
The ELA Conference is proceeding as scheduled.

Even if UMass Amherst classes are closed, the conference will go on as scheduled. The only exception is  if the Governor declares a State of Emergency and Massachusetts roads are closed.

Below is the ELA cancellation policy for your reference.

ELA Cancellation policy for all catered ELA events (the ELA Conference): there are no refunds  made after the 14-day cut-off date unless the event is cancelled.
– See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/ela-cancellation-policies/

We hope that the storm will be lighter than predicted so that you will be able to attend.

Looking for New Ideas? Solutions? Inspiration?
From the practical to the applicable, join us in March for the 24th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace at the UMass Campus Center, Amherst, MA. Immerse yourself in a two-day exploration of ecological concepts as our speakers share their experiences and expertise. Delve into this year’s wide-ranging topics as we look at the principles and practices we need to design, build, and restore the living landscape.

March 7 includes:
• Two full-day workshops:
Designing for Carbon Sequestration and

Maximizing Landscape Productivity and Potential

Keynote address: Landscape Design as Ecological Art
Professor Darrel Morrison, FASLA, ecologically-based landscape architect

March 8 features:
• Creating wildlife habitat in urban areas
• Exploring how weeds add to urban ecology – do weeds have value??
• Mimicking nature’s patterns and processes in the designed landscape
• Restoring ecosystems with a permaculture approach
• Designing with our intuitive side
• And much, much more!

Click here to view conference brochure!

Continuing Education Credits
CEU credits have been requested from APLD, ASLA, ISA, LA CES, MAA, MLP, MNLA, NOFA OLCP, MA Forester, and MA Pesticide.
CEUs have been approved by APLD, ISA, and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System (LA CES).
Approved CEU awards status here.

Ecological Products and Services
Increase your knowledge, build professional networks, and visit the Eco-Marketplace to learn what ecological products and services are available to help you grow your business

Conference Hotel
Rooms at Hotel UMass are available in the same building where conference sessions are being held. Register online or call (877) 822-2110. Additional lodging options are listed on the UMass Amherst visitor webpage. 

Click here for travel and lodging tips!

New in 2018 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Breakfasts

Start your conference day with a Continental breakfast and lively conversation with your peers. New in 2018, you can nourish your body while you challenge your mind – all before the first session begins.

Register for Food for Thought breakfast below for Wednesday and/or Thursday and engage with experts on your favorite topics. Stick with one topic, or graze the offerings. Topics will be posted on tables and experts will be ready to keep the coffee and the conversation flowing.

Regular conference attendees, please note that in an effort to prevent food waste and to promote sustainability, your conference registration no longer includes full breakfast, only morning coffee and tea service and full lunch. Food for Thought breakfasts are ticketed separately.


March 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am EDT
March 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT
$20 - $460
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Penny Lewis


UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way, , MA
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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