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 >
Unity Park Project Breaks Ground
Every year MELA and member volunteers contribute their time, talents and resources to an area landscaping project. The projects are selected by NeighborSpace, which is the only nonprofit urban land trust in Chicago that preserves and sustains gardens on behalf of dedicated community groups.
MELA’s team of volunteers dug right in on Saturday, November 9, at Unity Park, a Lawndale neighborhood park chosen for 2013/2014. Trees were pruned and removed (Davey Tree Expert Company); wood arbors/trellis repaired/installed (Green Landscape Solutions); and beds weeded and mulched (Root Riot Urban Garden Network and Greencorps Chicago). Pizzo Native Plant Nursery also participated. Rinda West, principal of Rinda West Landscape Designs and a charter MELA member is leading the way on this project. If you’d like to participate in this project, contact Rinda through MELA here.
Passionate Members Attend MELA Wrap-Up
More than 50 of MELA’s most passionate members and their guests attended the December 5 Season Wrap-Up at Lurvey Landscape Supply. After an inspiring presentation from “Come Alive Outside,” roundtable discussions launched into topics about sustainable services like “Finding the right customer,” “Selling sustainability” and “What can MELA do for you?” Excellent conversation and networking followed with new Administrative Director Melisa Bell (see related story below), MELA members and their guests.
Connect with MELA
MELA’s Administrative Director, Melisa Bell, is available here (link to connect page) to answer any questions you may have about MELA and to hear your comments and suggestions. Don’t hesitate to contact her … she wants to get to know you!
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!
MELA Education comes to your office—sign up now
Having trouble getting away from the office to attend a MELA event? Beginning September 17th, you can participate without leaving your own office! Learn about soils, native and invasive plants, water management, designing a sustainable landscape, sustainable maintenance, organic lawn care and more—right at your own desk. Check out our series of webinars here >
Whole 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.
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.
Become a MELA Sponsor!
Sponsors provide 40% of MELA’s budget. They help us keep the cost of events reasonable throughout the year, pursue our program initiatives, and contribute to sustainable community gardens in the City of Chicago every year.
There are plenty of other sponsorship opportunities available, at all levels. Find out more about joining the movement as a sponsor here.