Looking for New Ideas? Solutions? Inspiration?
From the practical to the applicable, join us in March for the 25th 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.
Forests and natural systems are under enormous pressure from the effects of climate change, insect damage, invasive plants, and rapid urbanization. What can you do to protect these systems? Join us to learn more about how to restore lost ecological connections, better manage urban land, and create beautiful, highly functioning landscapes!
Wednesday, March 6 – Two full-day workshops:
– Forest Dynamics in a Changing Climate
– Form, Function, & Flow: Managing Stormwater Naturally
Presentations will focus on the science and management of natural and urban forests and on managing stormwater naturally, effectively, and aesthetically.
– Keynote Address by Charles Mann
The Wizard and the Prophet:
Two Remarkable Scientists and
Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World
Thursday, March 7 topics present more on the wild side, sessions range from an in-depth look at insects, plants, and fungi to larger concepts of creating urban habitat, repairing degraded land, and restoring human connections to the natural world.
And much, much more!
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 will be available January 15th.
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
Rooms at Hotel UMass are available in the same building where conference sessions are being held. Register online or call (877) 822-2110 and specify the ELA group promotional code: ELC19C.
Additional lodging options are listed on the UMass Amherst visitor webpage.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Breakfasts
Start your conference day with a Continental breakfast and lively conversation with your peers. A popular new option in 2018, Food for Thought breakfasts will be repeated again this year letting you nourish your body while you challenge your mind – all before the first sessions begin.
Register for Food for Thought breakfasts and engage with experts on your favorite topics. Stick with one topic, or graze the offerings. Experts will be ready to keep the coffee and the conversation flowing. Topics will be posted at tables and will change each day.
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.