Sustainability Symposium 2014:

Saturday, February 1
9:00 am – 3:30
"To preserve" means to keep something in its original state or in good condition, or to keep something safe from harm or loss. 

During the Garden's 9th annual Sustainability Symposium, we'll look at large and small scale preservation projects underway in Clevleand and throughout Ohio, as well as ideas to apply to your own backyard.

The program includes:

Sustainability and Preservation: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Andy McDowell
Vice President of Western Field Operations, Western Reserve Land Conservancy

West Creek Reservation: From Grassroots Preservation to Watershed Stewardship
Jennifer Grieser
Senior Natural Resource Manager - Urban Watersheds, Cleveland Metroparks

Post Preservation and Protection: Urban Watershed Restoration in Built-Out Communities
Victoria Mills
Executive Director, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership

Meadow Preservation and Burns
Larry Giblock
Lead Horticulturist, Cleveland Botanical Garden

Vacant to Vibrant: Urban Vacant Lots as Neighborhood Assets
Sandra Albro
Director of Research, Cleveland Botanical Garden

Furture Forests: The Role of the Chestnut Trees in Northeast Ohio
Greg Miller
Owner, Empire Chestnut Company

Registration includes Garden admission, morning refreshments, box lunch, access to exhibitors, and parking in the attached garage.

The Symposium also features an optional wellness activity - an introduction of T'ai Chi from 8:15-9am.  The class, designed to relax your mind and strengthen your body, is an additional $10 with your admission.

Symposium-only: $65/member, $80/non-member

Optional wellness activity:
T’ai Chi: $10
The Sustainability Symposium is eligible for 4.5 CEUs through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System.




The Sustainability Symposium is approved for PLANET Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. For more information on PLANET recertification, please visit PLANET’s Recertification Center at


The Symposium is approved  through the ISA Certification Program though the Ohio Chapter International Society of Aboriculture.


The Symposium is elegible for Certification Maintenance Points for CEPs through the Recognition Committee of the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals.

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



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