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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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October 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, November 17 @ 12:00 pm EST

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

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

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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Webinar: Sharing the Adventure – Design Communications for Ecological Landscapes

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

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

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

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

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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