ELA Launches New Webinar Series Free “A Focus on Sustainability”


ELA is launching a free webinar series on sustainable landscaping for professionals beginning on September 17th.

The interactive webinars will be taught by experts from across the country who are known for their expertise in specific areas of sustainability. Topics covered include a deeper look into soils, native and invasive plants, water management, designing a sustainable landscape, sustainable maintenance, organic lawn care, the “good business” of sustainable landscaping, and sustainability as a healthy landscape option.


The series is presented by the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA), in collaboration with the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA), the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council (CCLC), and EcoLandscape California (ELC).

“After several years in the idea stage, and thanks to former ELA President Risa Edelstein, this collaboration is finally coming to fruition,” said ELA Executive Director, Penny Lewis. “With ELA members located all across the country, we are excited to be offering high quality ecological education that is no longer location-dependent. We are very fortunate to have the participation of three exceptional organizations in MELA, CCLC, and ELC. By collaborating with regionally-based partners, the webinar content will address topics of interest to our wide ELA audience.”

Sign Up Now for Upcoming Free Webinars 

September 17, 2013 (See Details Below)
Ecology Basics for Landscapers and Designers
Sylvan Kaufman
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September 25, 2013
Sustainable Landscape Design: Working with Builders
Asia Scudder
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October 30, 2013
Organic Lawns: An Overview of Sustainable Turfgrass Management
Chip Osborne
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November 12, 2013
Soil Amendments
Michael J. Curry
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December 11, 2013
Sustainability Makes Cents
Erik Ringstrand and Brandon Losey
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Ecology Basics for Landscapers and Designers
Presented by Sylvan Kaufman

Learn the basic principles of ecology and how they apply to gardening and landscaping. This webinar provides a framework for thinking about a garden as an ecological system. You create a living system with its own plant and animal communities, population dynamics and food webs. Energy, nutrients and water flow into and through a garden influenced by the surrounding landscape. Understanding ecological principles can help you create an environmentally friendly and beautiful landscape.

Sylvan Kaufman consults, writes and teaches on ecology, botany and restoration topics through her business, Sylvan Green Earth Consulting, located in Denton, MD and Santa Fe, NM. She has a B.A. in Biology from Vassar College and a Ph. D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rutgers University. Sylvan co-authored “Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species” first published by Stackpole Books in 2007.    She teaches as an adjunct professor for George Washington University’s Sustainable Landscapes Program, serves on the board of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, and participates on the Maryland Invasive Species Council and Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee. She has worked as a researcher on invasive plant and climate change projects at Harvard University and as the curator and land manager at Adkins Arboretum.

Title:    Ecology Basics for Landscapers and Designers

Date:    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Time:    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet


Whether you are located in the area of our upcoming events or in some distant landscape, you are invited to participate in ELA collaborations and discussions by joining the Ecological Landscaping Association discussion group on LinkedIn. The ELA discussion group is open to both ELA members and non-members from around the world and participation is growing each week. Through these discussions you can share information, get answers to landscape problems, and learn new perspectives on challenging ecological issues. Joining LinkedIn is free and it is easy to join. Join the ELA LinkedIn Discussion. We look forward to hearing from you soon!