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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.

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December 2021

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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January 2022

Webinar: Forest Ecosystems and the Winds of Change – Forests as a Cog in the Earth’s Climate System

Wed, January 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - You may know that weather and climate have a major influence on forests, but forests also influence climate in ways that aren’t always appreciated and are still being discovered. Dr. Scott Ollinger will explore the fascinating role of forests as a key part of the climate system, and how researchers are still unraveling their mysteries.

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Webinar: Engaging Landowners in Sustainable Stewardship

Wed, January 26, 2022 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - This presentation will share experiences and lessons from a multi-year landowner outreach project in the MassConn Woods, a rural, largely forested region on the border of central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut, as well as region-wide efforts to unite rural and urban communities in implementing natural solutions to climate change.

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February 2022

Webinar: Regenerating Suburbia One Garden at a Time

Wed, February 9, 2022 @ 1:00 pm EST - 2:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - Landscape design professionals can play a key role in regenerating our monocultural suburban landscapes. Understanding why this work is so vitally important and how we can create beautiful (even luxuriant) landscapes that capture carbon, create habitat in support of our native pollinators, and contribute to the cooling of the earth’s atmosphere.

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March 2022

Webinar: Ulmus Americana – Saving an American Icon

Wed, March 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST

With the support of the Friends of the Public Garden and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Normand and Christine Helie have been monitoring and caring for the elm trees in the downtown Boston Parks since 2012.

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