A Focus on Sustainability Webinar Series

This webinar series is being presented through collaboration of the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA), the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA), & EcoLandscape California (ELC). Known regionally for their quality education programs, these organizations are working cooperatively to share knowledge and encourage conversations with landscape professionals from around the country and the globe.

Interactive webinars are taught by experts from across the country and cover a wide range of topics relevant to sustainable landscapes.

Additional webinars are being scheduled so please check back often for an updated list of offerings. All of this season’s webinars are free for CCLC and ELA members. To register for webinars, click here. A few webinars are free for members and non-members, see the link next to those webinars to register for them.

Recorded webinars from A Focus on Sustainability – Season 1-5 are available now and are free for CCLC Members:

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Season 4 Webinars:

Reawaking Large Landscapes – Activating the Space

Large landscapes pose challenges – but also opportunities. In this presentation, Sandy Vorce invites us to expand our landscape vision to more fully engage visitors. Through sights, sounds, and design options, landscapes can educate, entertain, and inspire.

Sandy Vorce is the property manager at Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary. Sandy tends everything from gardens to goats and enjoys working with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in caring for the property and its’ inhabitants.

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Improving Cash Flow: Better Business Practices for Landscape Professionals

Success in business requires training, discipline & hard work. In this presentation, Frank Crandall will present proven techniques for streamlining your business practices to improve your cash flow and bottom line.

Frank Crandall is the owner of Frank Crandall, Horticultural Solutions, LLC, a landscape design, installation and maintenance firm specializing in sustainable designs, organically maintained landscapes, and specialty pruning.

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Urban Tree Selection in a Changing Climate

Urban and community forests are likely to be among the first ecosystems impacted by climate change since projected temperature increases will be exacerbated by urban heat island effects. Based on current climate projections urban trees will experience dramatically warmer temperatures during their lifespans than the climates under which they evolved. Identifying appropriate tree genotypes for future climates is fraught with uncertainty and the potential for unintended consequences.

Dr. Bert Cregg is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for landscape, nursery, and Christmas tree production at Michigan State University. His expertise includes stress physiology, plant nutrition, and plant response to environmental stresses.

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How to Use Gender and Power to Increase Sales

Learn about selling your conservation landscaping services. Gender is a hot topic and a powerful, respect-based conversation. Learn powerful tactics to use during meetings with peers, management and prospects to conduct and close business in an open, straightforward and passionate way, getting the results you want while delivering the satisfying feel-good experience they want.

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Dirty Streets to Dirty BMPS: Maintaining Clean Stormwater BMPs Along Roadways

The use of stormwater LIDs are increasing along roadways, which are subject to harsh impacts from sediment, pollutants, salt, pedestrian, and vehicular impacts. They require structural maintenance of inlets, curbs, and media, but also require non-structural maintenance of plants, mulch, and aesthetics.

Mary Travaglini provides direction and oversight for the inspection, maintenance, and repair of green stormwater infrastructure for Montgomery County, Maryland, including green roofs, pervious pavement, bio-retention, and raingardens.

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Soil Amendments: What Works, What Should Be Avoided?

Soils are the base of the landscape. Their complexity can be overwhelming without proper tools to analyze and make best practice recommendations for clients and job sites. This webinar will discuss how to assess soil conditions and make a plan of action to preserve, protect, and promote soil health. Native soils, soil amendments, and engineered soils will be discussed.

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Evaluating Conservation Landscape Designs

This presentation will focus on evaluation of landscape design which includes environmental as well as aesthetic assessment. A Conservation Landscape can take many forms and can conform to standard aesthetic assessment while providing valuable ecosystem services, such as runoff reduction and pollinator support. The webinar will cover the key components of a conservation landscape, and how to create aesthetically pleasing landscape solutions that require fewer synthetic inputs while applying typical form, color, texture, concept analysis aspects of evaluation.

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Keeping Invasive Plants Out of Landscaping

Invasive plants can cause significant damage to native ecosystems, and horticulture has been a top pathway for introducing invasive plants. Knowing that we know more about the environmental risk, how can we make sure landscaping does not cause problems in the future?

Doug Johnson is Executive Director of the nonprofit California Invasive Plant Council. Along with overseeing Cal-IPC’s programs, he currently serves on the executive board for the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils, and was the first chairperson of California’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

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The Insider’s Guide to Assessing SITES Viability

Tentative or unsure how to assess a new project’s SITES viability? Let two experts of the SITES process give you the necessary tools to take that first step: will this project qualify? Included in this webinar will be a quick review of the SITES sections, as well as the prerequisites and credits and their viability to a project. What are some of the major challenges you might face? Where have other project managers stumbled when sizing up a project for SITES? Review with the experts the important tools and resources you need to get started.

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Designing with Plant Communities in Mind

Ecological plantings are gaining popularity, but also face challenges due to environmental conditions and cultural expectations. When these plantings fail, it discourages future ecological landscaping efforts. We won’t solve this problem if we continue to design as if it we were painting on canvas, perceiving plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach: a plant community based approach that evolved from the world of ecological science.

Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries; her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to bring American native plants back into our landscape.

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