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Q&A: How Data Helps Close The Park Equity Divide

Q&A: How Data Helps Close The Park Equity Divide

Interview with Linda Hwang

Parks are essential for public health, climate resilience, and strong connected communities; however, 100 million people in the U.S.—including 28 million kids—don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. We have the data to pinpoint where parks are needed the most. Linda Hwang, the Trust for Public Land’s director of research and innovation, talks about how data is helping to close the park equity divide.

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Winning Community Support for Green Infrastructure

Winning Community Support for Green Infrastructure

by Sandra Albro

In this adapted excerpt from Vacant to Vibrant: Creating Successful Green Infrastructure Networks (Island Press, 2019), author Sandra Albro shares lessons from a multidisciplinary project team that built nine green stormwater parks on small vacant lots in three post-industrial cities—Gary, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. The project, “Vacant to Vibrant,” replicated similar processes across three Great Lakes states with the goal of discerning site-specific considerations from more generalizable lessons.

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Healthy Plant Metabolism

Healthy Plant Metabolism

By Micheal Phillips

Healthy plant metabolism begins with a molecule of water, a breath of carbon, and light energy from our nearest star. The tangible science behind all this unlocks the righteous way to farm and garden, give honor to trees, and plain do right by this earth. Nothing has ever excited me more.

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Finding Mother Earth

Finding Mother Earth

By Suzanne Simard

Working to solve the mysteries of what made the forests tick, and how they are linked to the earth and fire and water, made me a scientist. I watched the forest, and I listened. I followed where my curiosity led me, I listened to the stories of my family and people, and I learned from the scholars. I poured everything I had into becoming a sleuth of what it takes to heal the natural world. 

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Mycological Strategies for Surviving

Mycological Strategies for Surviving

By Paul Stamets

Today, we only have 10-15% of the forest debris that nature has needed to build the food webs for sustainable ecosystems. Widespread deforestation, factory farming, population expansion, industrialization, and concomitant pollution are ongoing threats imperiling our ecosystems and the foundation of our food webs at a time when unprecedented waves of humans walk the Earth needing water, sustenance and shelter. What do I recommend?

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ELA News

ELA News – November 2021

ELA News – November 2021

Learn about upcoming programs and find out what’s happening within the organization:

  • Ecological Plant Conference – December 3
  • Advanced Ecological Design Workshop with Larry Weaner
  • Get Eco-Answers to Your Questions
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Gleanings from Headline News – December 2021

Gleanings from Headline News – December 2021

We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:

  • Rediscovering Our Connection to the Web of Life
  • Planting Trees in Underserved Neighborhoods
  • America the Beautiful Initiative
  • Think Like a Wolf
  • Mural Project Brings Birdsong to Life in Washington Heights
  • Natural Community Fact Sheets
  • City Forests and Residential Areas Can Benefit Birds
  • Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds
  • Early Indigenous Land Use
  • Finding Rhode Island Old Growth Forest
  • California Launches the Largest Food Waste Recycling Program in the U.S.
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Gleanings from Headline News – November 2021

Gleanings from Headline News – November 2021

We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:

  • Xerces Society Bee City Reports
  • Create a Low Maintenance Gravel Garden
  • Some Good News! Western Monarch Numbers Rising
  • Save Farmland: Synthesize Starch from CO2
  • Beyond Extinction: A New Emphasis on Species Recovery
  • Growing Figs in a Cold Climate
  • Light Pollution Glare Threatens All Wildlife
  • A Pioneering Garden Designer Inspired Vogue’s Fall Fashion Fantasy
  • InsectXaminer Video Series
  • Colorado River Delta Springs To Life!
  • What’s a Forest Worth?
  • Kill All Leaf Blowers
  • Mosquito Spraying Kills Pollinators
  • Refugees in Cameroon Plant a Forest
  • Rhode Island Plants New Street Non-Native Trees on Purpose
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Archived Newsletters

I want to thank you and ELA for having such a wonderful speaker [Heather Holm] talk about our native bees and plant partners. It was fantastic. Great photos. 

Virginia K.

Thank you Penny for making this delightful series available to members of the GCFM. [A Walk in the Garden webinars] have been one of my favorite hours each week this springtime. The speakers have been top notch subject experts who have excellent teaching skills to boot. Their photo presentations have been beautiful and informative. All around an excellent series!

Linda N

I wanted to thank you for an excellent Walk in the Garden series. The webinars were all-around professional, fact-filled, and pertinent presentations. I've learned a lot and am inspired to implement some changes!

Margaret R.

I am really enjoying all the webinars that the Ecological Landscape Alliance is offering. Thank you so much for organizing them and making them available for FREE! I spread the news about them on my Constant Contact page for the NJ Native Plant Society. 

Susan H.

Thank you for via webinar - it really helps to save the professional development budget & travel time from my job. I find these information sessions very interesting, inspiring and informative.

[R&R] was such an informative and interesting conference. Thanks to you all at ELA for hosting such an undertaking. I'm looking forward to using more of ELA as a resource going forward.

Just want to say again how very much I appreciate the “Walk in the Garden” series. The quality of your programs is tops! A “Walk in the Garden” is so much more than a series of slideshows. It is a celebration of how all life is connected. It is great to have this positive reminder amidst the scarier reminders!

K.R. Watkins

Thank you for a full day’s worth of insightful material! Thank you for organizing this great event every year.

Karen C.

Speakers were very good, but meeting landscapers at the talks & in the lobby was best.

Cathy B.

I met and made new friends with great topics to discuss.

Timothy M.