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Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes: Save the Date – November 11, 2021

Tue, November 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am EST - 4:00 pm EST

Save the Date –
Thursday November 11, 2021

ELA Members $119  ~  Non-members $139

High Praise for New Virtual Format
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the [Summit] conference yesterday. I really appreciate the effort from you and your team, on putting together a great program in challenging times. We need to adapt to the new normal and you came through. The technology was great and trouble free, even for a challenged individual such as myself. Mark E.

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As we begin to understand that future landscapes must be resilient for survival, meaningful change can occur. We recognize that landscapes designed following nature’s lead result in properties that are more resilient and capable of surviving climate change challenges such as deluge, drought, and temperature extremes. As these climate challenges occur more often and intensify, solutions must be sought at the community level.

Residential landscapes alone will not do the trick. Only with widespread adoption of nature-based, regenerative strategies, and the redesign of failed systems will communities build resilient landscapes that improve environmental and human health.

Join us for this unique opportunity to consider future landscapes and learn the importance of regenerative solutions.

Defining “Nature” in a Changing World
Emma Marris

What counts as nature in a world thoroughly changed by human beings? Is it those “wildernesses” that look least changed to our eyes? Is it places that are unmanaged by humans, even if these ecosystems are re-arranging in new ways as the climate warms? Or have we reached the “End of Nature” as Bill McKibben warned in the late 1980s? In this presentation, Ms. Marris sorts through these complexities, illustrated with images from her field reporting as she has sought the essence of “nature.”

In her first presentation, Ms. Marris will propose an expansive definition that could encompass a range of human influence and management, arguing that humans can be a part of nature—and that we have been for thousands of years, often quite sustainably. This new view suggests that there are unexpected and intriguing commonalities between the places like the Shenandoah Wilderness and the home garden. Prepare to reassess your own definition of nature.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A Tool for an Equitable and Climate Resilient Economy
Anna Shipp

The year 2020 has reinforced how critical small businesses are to our economy, the impact that climate change has on our ecosystem and our economy, and the degree to which underrepresented communities continue to be marginalized.  Yet, these multiple crises present an unprecedented opportunity to not only restore our economy, but to rebuild it for the better.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure, while not a cure-all, is a critical tool for an equitable and climate resilient economy. Through a case study about Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program and SBN’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners, learn about the degree to which investments in GSI have positively impacted Philadelphia’s economy, communities, and environment, and explore the possibilities of continued comprehensive investments.

Landscapes that Connect Communities
Wambui Ippolito

An encouraging paradigm shift is percolating up from a groundswell of awareness and demand for more nature connection. Urban resilience is taking center stage in landscape planning and is considering the priorities of local governments, businesses, nonprofits, and community citizens. Big picture planning is considering preparedness for climate-related disasters, urban agriculture, nature-based solutions, and inclusivity. At the root of these solutions is a deep understanding of urban ecology, respectful place-making, and a commitment to hear the voices of all community partners. Through these shared collaborations, innovative, holistic, and workable solutions can be achieved.

In this presentation, Wambui Ippolito will discuss an ongoing community engagement project on Staten Island in which she is working with members of one of the oldest African American neighborhoods, Mariner’s Harbor. The project aims to create a pleasure and relaxation garden on land belonging to the NYDOT that was ceded to the group after community members began a clean-up project themselves.

A small free library has already been installed on the land, local civic and state officials are in support, and the neighborhood is engaged. By re-engineering this reclaimed urban habitat, a new native habitat will be created, incorporating existing flora. The group intends to create a space that offers refuge for people, birds, and smaller wildlife.

Earth 2070: A Best-Case Scenario
Emma Marris

In this lecture, environmental journalist Emma Marris will help you imagine a realistically possible good future, even though some climate change and changes in biodiversity are irreversible.

Covering energy, infrastructure, agriculture, parks and protected areas, and urban planning, Marris will paint a a portrait of a world worth fighting for—one that’s absolutely achievable given existing technologies and management practices. She’ll wrap up by offering some advice for how each person can help move planet Earth towards this best-case scenario. It turns out that the most effective actions to change over-arching systems are collective, political actions, whereas personal lifestyle changes and landscaping choices offer more of a cultural and personal template for the future. Come to have your hope renewed and your enthusiasm for action elevated!

Speaker Bios

Wambui Ippolito is a horticulturist, landscape designer, and a graduate of the prestigious New

York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture, studying under national and international design masters. Wambui has trained and worked as a horticulturist at various prestigious estates and manages a roster of private clients, including business, media, music and sports moguls. In addition to designing and managing clients, Wambui works with international organizations, museums, botanical gardens, private and public parks to develop horticultural programming. She teaches at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Grounds for Sculpture, and lectures nationwide, including at her alma mater the New York Botanical Garden. She is a published author whose interests include immigrant gardeners and tropical modern design. Before horticulture, Wambui was a Development & Democracy Consultant at international government organizations, including the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.

Emma Marris a writer of people and nature and is based in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Emma’s goal is to find and tell stories that help us understand the past; take meaningful action in the present; and move towards a greener, wilder, happier and more equal future. Emma’s stories have appeared in many national publications including the National Geographic and the New York Times. Emma is currently at work on a book about human relationships with wild animals in a changing world. Wild Souls will combine philosophy, science, adventure, and emotion as she tries to answer a tough question: what do we owe nonhuman animals when we humans have so changed the world they must live in? Expect it from Bloomsbury USA in 2021!
Her previous book, Rambunctious Garden, looks at how conservation is changing in the Anthropocene.

Anna Shipp is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. She has dedicated her career to social and economic equality and climate resilience. Prior to SBN, Anna worked with opportunity youth, empowering them through important educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities. She also worked with people experiencing chronic unemployment or underemployment, providing them with the resources they needed to overcome barriers and regain financial independence.
Anna has also worked with several local, state, and national parks on multi-stage projects to reduce erosion from stormwater runoff, improve habitat, and enhance visitors’ experience. Anna holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where her academic work focused on urban sustainability. She was a 2012 US Forest Service Sustainability Science Fellow, the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Frederick Scatena Award for Outstanding Research in Urban Forestry, and a 2015 Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. She is a past Board Member of the Philadelphia Land Bank the South Philly Food Co-op.

Continuing Education Credits

CEUs are being offered by APLD (6.0), LA CES (6.0), MCH (1.0), and NOFA (6.0). 


8:30 – 9:00         Check-in and tech check

9:00 – 10:30        Emma Marris – Defining “Nature” in a Changing World

15 minute break

10:45 – 11:45        Anna Shipp – Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A Tool for an Equitable and Climate Resilient Economy

11:45 – 12:30       Lunch; small group networking

12:30 – 1:30         Wambui Ippolito – Landscapes that Connect Communities

15 minute break

1:45 – 3:15            Emma Marris – Earth 2070: A Best-Case Scenario

15 minute break

3:30 – 4:30         Panel Discussion – The Future Landscape: How Do We Get There?

4:30 – 5:00          CEU Processing – Networking



Tue, November 10, 2020
8:00 am EST - 4:00 pm EST
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