Sustainability Symposium 2013:

Saturday, January 26
9:00 am – 3:00 
As a plant enthusiast, you’ve probably noticed the earlier blooms, unexpected freezes, extended droughts, and fluctuating weather patterns that make gardening a challenge to say the least. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, global warming is well under way and will “likely have wide-ranging consequences not only for our own health and well-being, but that of other living things as well.” What is a gardener to do about milder winters, and hotter, drier summers?
We'll help you find answers at the eighth annual Sustainability Symposium focusing on weather, climate and the seasons. Learn how to best prepare for altered weather conditions, while treading softly on our planet.
  The day long program begins with registration at 8:45am and a Keynote Address by Dr. Scott Sheridan, Professor of Climatology at Kent State University. Dr. Sheridan will help explain the climate trends we can already see in the local environment and what we are likely to see over the coming decades. Aside from general climate projections, Dr. Sheridan will also delve into the potential impacts upon the landscape of Northern Ohio through changes in seasonality, floods, droughts and pests.
The day's other topics and speakers include:
Green Gardening for Winter Interest
Larry Giblock, Lead Horticulturist, Cleveland Botanical Garden
  Clean Up, Green Up: Removing Home-Based Hazardous Materials
Kathleen Rocco, Education Specialist, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
Sustainable Communities Manage Stormwater Using Natural Landscape Features
Linda Mayer, Environmental Education Specialist, Northeast ohio Regional Sewer District
Bringing the Outdoors In
Joe Mehalik, Garden Glasshouse Horticulturist
Preserving Your Fall Garden Harvest
Linnette Goard, Assistant Professor Field Specialist, Food Safety, Selection and Management, The Ohio State University Extension
A restorative feature of this year's Sustainability Symposium is that it is bookended by optional wellness activities - an introduction of T'ai Chi from 8:15-9am, and a beginning Yoga class to help unwind from 3:45-4:15pm.
Registration includes Garden admission, morning refreshments, access to exhibitors and parking in the attached garage.
Symposium-only:  $50/member, $60/non-member

Consider adding optional wellness activities:
T’ai Chi: $10
Yoga: $6
T'ai Chi + Yoga: $16
Online registration is now closed, however space is still available.  Walk-ins - please check in at Registration the day of the event with preferred method of payment.

Professional continuing education credits may be available.  Please email for more information.


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