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Focus on Sustainability
Geared to landscape professionals, land managers, and anyone who stewards the land, these interactive webinars are taught by experts from across the country and cover a wide range topics relevant to sustainable landscapes. The series is presented through collaboration of the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA), the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), ReScape, DeepRoots Kansas City, and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). Known regionally and nationally for their quality education programs, these organizations are working cooperatively to share knowledge and encourage conversations with landscape professionals and gardeners from around the country and the globe.

Wednesday Walks in the Garden
This free webinar series was begun in 2020 and offers topics to engage and educate garden enthusiasts on ecological principles.

Past Season Webinars
Recorded webinars from all past seasons of both A Focus on Sustainability and Wednesday Walks in the Garden are available to ELA Members from the Member Page.

Not an ELA Member? Click to join ELA and gain free access to our webinar library. Recorded webinars from the current season are available for viewing soon after the original presentation date.

Interested in giving a webinar? Send your topic proposal and bio to ela.info@comcast.net.

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September 2021

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro – Native Plants

Wed, September 29 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Native Plants: Member Event Julie Snell and Lisa McDonald Hanes will start the evening with brief opening remarks about native plants and then jump right into your questions for the bulk of this interactive Q&A session.

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October 2021

Webinar: Implications of Climate Change for Invasive Species

Wed, October 6 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Invasive species and climate change are two of the most prominent forms of anthropogenic global change identified by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Carrie Brown-Lima reviews the current state of knowledge about how climate change influences invasive species as well as describe the work of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change network that is bringing together researchers and practitioners to address this challenge.

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Webinar: Understanding Soil Health and Its Principles for Improving Landscape Resilience

Wed, October 13 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Learn the properties of healthy, resilient soils; find out how we assess soil health; and discover the importance of soil biology in the development of soil resilience.

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Webinar: Practical and Accessible Stretches for Your “Every” Day

Mon, October 18 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Learn how to prepare for your day in the landscape and recover at the end of the day with these practical and accessible stretches and recovery techniques.

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Webinar: Rewild in 10 Action Steps

Wed, October 20 @ 12:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Anna Fialkoff will walk you through what it means to rewild your landscape in 10 action steps. You can rewild a farm, a suburban yard, or urban hell strip to safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate effects of climate change.

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November 2021

Webinar: Blue Carbon – The Role of Estuaries in Combating Climate Change

Wed, November 3 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Salt marshes, seagrass beds, and mangroves can capture and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Learn how this "blue carbon" cycles through coastal systems, what makes these environments so efficient at carbon sequestration, and what measures can help to protect and restore coastal ecosystems.

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Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro – Specialty Gardens

Wed, November 3 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Specialty Gardens: Member Event Penn Marchael will start the evening with brief opening remarks about a couple of specialty garden; then he'll jump right into your questions for the bulk of this interactive Q&A session.

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Webinar: Nature’s Sanctuary – Challenges of and Solutions for a SITES Gold Landscape

Wed, November 17 @ 12:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - Join Horticulturist Gregg Tepper to learn about and understand the history and challenges of a SITES Gold landscape and real-world solutions to achieve the desired results.

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December 2021

Eco-Answers: End of Season Maintenance

Wed, December 1 @ 6:30 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST

During this 90-minute live Zoom Q&A, Kerry O'Kelly will provide a quick overview of season's-end garden chores and then she will jump right into your questions for the bulk of the Q&A session.

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Webinar: Taking on the Big Places: How to Build and Maintain Self-Sufficient Landscapes

Wed, December 8 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - Using case studies from Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, Dan Jaffe Wilder will explain various strategies for creating and maintaining large landscapes with ecology and self-sustainability at the forefront.

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Eco-Friendly Healthy Eating: Nutrition to Support Landscape Professionals and Gardeners

Fri, December 10 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - In this webinar, Samantha McCarthy, registered dietitian, will discuss how to incorporate an eco-friendly diet pattern into your life not only to help the planet, but also to improve your health and support the high physical demand put on landscape professionals

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Webinar: Sharing the Adventure – Design Communications for Ecological Landscapes

Wed, December 15 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - When a designed landscape succeeds, it’s a sign that there’s been strong communication across the project team. In this presentation, Toby Wolf will explore strategies for making the design process a shared adventure.

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