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MELA RoadShow

mela:: The Green Infrastructure Roadshow

Thursday, October 23, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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MELA is a movement dedicated to creating, restoring and preserving sustainable landscapes. We pursue this through education, collaboration and networking. Find out more: About Us >

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Attention Employers and Recruiters! Do you know about the MELA Jobs Board which you can use to promote your openings for Spring? Check it out today and start posting. The first 3 listings are free ... with a nominal fee on several plan options thereafter.   MELA will be communicating with Job Seekers in our enews, on our website and on Facebook, directing qualified candidates to your listings. Check out the details here ... and contact us with any additional questions. 

Summer Fiesta 2014

MELA members and friends came out to share a lovely summer evening of networking, auctioneering, and fresh baked brick oven pizza provided by our gracious hosts, Unilock.  The afternoon included a tour of the Unilock plant and featured all Unilock staff on hand in the display area for MELA Summer Fiestaquestions and conversation.  Did you know that Unilock collects the rainwater from the office building roof and directs it into the water features in their display area, thus keeping it out of the storm sewer?  How cool is that!

Many thanks to all who came out and participated in our fundraising efforts, we had a lot of fun and gave out some really great prizes.  The support of our members, friends and sponsors is so vitally important to continue our work on initiatives that will ensure sustainable landscapes are the norm and not the rarity.

mela:: The Green Infrastructure Roadshow
Thursday, October 23, 2014

At Conference, MELA introduced a new fall event that debuts in October: “mela:: The Green Infrastructure Roadshow”. The Roadshow will showcase the innovative application of sustainable design and materials used in green infrastructure practices. With an emphasis on solutions to our stormwater crisis, the Roadshow includes an expo and presentations that highlight real-world design and planning, cost and performance measurement and implementation strategies. Mark your calendars now … complete details will be available soon.

Introducing “The Garth Conrad Memorial Award”
For Innovation in Creating, Restoring and Preserving Sustainable Landscapes

Garth ConradThis new MELA award was introduced at MELA Conference 2014 and will be given each year to a member of the landscape design and horticulture industry who shows innovation in developing new thinking, new techniques or new products that contribute to the better creation of healthy outdoor spaces in the built environment. Both new and experienced professionals are eligible.

This award, which will include a cash prize, will be made possible by a restricted fund set up with special gifts in honor of Garth. Click here to learn more about Garth, the Award, and how you can help.

Members: Let us help you promote your event!

Don’t forget—members can post sustainability related events on our Calendar. Here’s how: Choose the Calendar of Events. Then select Monthly View > Events. From here you can access “Add New Event.” Once you have posted your event, please contact us to ask us to approve your posting. That’s all it takes!

Spread the Word about MELA

MELA MEMBERS—help us spread the word about our new name and promote your affiliation with MELA. You can download the MELA logo here.

WholeFoodsWhole Foods supports MELA

Thanks to Whole Foods Schaumburg for a donation of 5% of gross for one day of shopping this summer! MELA received a donation of $5,409 to support its work.




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