• homepage-slider
  • homepage-rotating2
  • homepage-rotating3
  • homepage-rotating4

Save the Date

mela:: The Green Infrastructure Roadshow

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

Watch this space for details as they unfold.


Haven't been to MELA's Facebook page? Click here and Like us now.

Not getting the MELA enews? Click here to sign up.






Premier Event Sponsors:
Premier Annual Sponsors:

Annual Sponsors:


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 >

Got Jobs? Post them at

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. 

Support our friends at NeighborSpace!

neighborspaceNeighborSpace, MELA's partner and advisor for community gardening projects, is in dire need of additional tools, materials and equipment.  Their wish list includes everything from shovels, rakes, lumber and wheel barrows ... to power mowers and hedge clippers ... to grass seed, gloves, tarps and eye/ear protection.  Both gently used and new items are welcomed. Drop off locations are available in both city and suburbs. The list for needed items goes well beyond what is mentioned above. Are you in? Contact for a complete wish list of equipment and details for dropping off donated items.  For details of MELA's projects working with NeighborSpace, click here.

SITES™ Simplified: Building a Sustainable Future

Venhaus Conference KeynoteOn March 6, Conference keynote Heather Venhaus, one of the authors of SITES, opened MELA’s 2014 Conference with a journey through the SITES design process, using plain language that covered the underlying goals of designing with SITES and hands-on lessons about how to do it. Her afternoon keynote covered the development of SITES, its changes over time and its uses, which include: influencing LEED certifications and other rating systems; providing a valuable third party endorsement; and serving as basic guidelines for all sustainable landscape initiatives.

Read more here.
Download Heather’s complete presentations below:

And the Polaris Goes to … Carol Becker

Becker Polaris AwardCarol Becker, Executive Director of MELA for almost five years, was named this year’s winner of MELA’s Polaris, awarded annually at the winter Conference for long-term commitment to and achievement in sustainability within the landscape industry. According to Shawn Kingzette, an active Director on MELA’s Board and a charter MELA member, Carol took a leadership role in the organization even before she was its ED. “In those early years of the organization she became an important friend who was critical in advising a bunch of passionate but misguided green industry professionals how to take a good idea and make it something lasting.” And, in addition, “She has taken the skills and experiences of her whole career and put them all at the disposal of MELA.” Read more here.

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.

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 >

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.




Annual Event Partners:

Winter Conference Sponsors: