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Welcome to the ninth Turning a New Leaf sustainable landscaping conference. In a time that has felt anything but normal we dedicate the 2021 conference to "Planting a New Normal" , with the goal of highlighting collaborations that normalize sustainable practices and ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

We believe that landscape professionals have a unique opportunity to effect positive change in the Chesapeake Bay region- a task best achieved when we work together. Join us as we work together to create a healthier, and more equitable, watershed. 
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Wednesday, December 8 • 9:20am - 10:30am
Session 1: Meaningful Collaborations in Sustainable Landscaping= Plant Virginia Natives Marketing Initiative Growing in All Directions, , Local Government and Residents, A Social Justice Model for Employees

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Panelists will share three different perspectives on how collaborations can strengthen our efforts to improve water quality and habitat in the Bay region and improve working conditions for those in our field: a statewide partnership to promote the use of native plants in Virginia; local government collaboration with residents; and a social justice model for employers.

Moderators
avatar for Kelley Oklesson

Kelley Oklesson

Owner, Groundsmith Collective
Twelve years of experience in the landscape architecture field focused on identifying,  facilitating, designing, and managing an inspiring assortment of sustainable projects. Understands the intersections of public policy, racial inequality, socioeconomics, and  the environment... Read More →

Speakers
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Lauren Wheeler

Principal, Natural Resources Design
Lauren Wheeler is founder and principal designer at Natural Resources Design, Inc. She received her Master’s Degree from Conway School of Landscape Design + Planning. Drawing from her knowledge as an arborist, LEED AP, and Living Building Challenge Ambassador, she has designed award-winning landscapes, from intimate urban gardens to natural play municipal parks... Read More →
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Rod Barnes

Town Administrator, Town of Edmonston
Rod Barnes, currently serves as the Town Administrator for Edmonston, Maryland. Edmonston is a small community of 1,545 residents in the Washington DC metro region. Rod holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine College in Business Administration. He has a Master of Public Administration... Read More →
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Virginia Witmer

Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, VA Dept of Environmental Quality
Virginia Witmer has been the Outreach Coordinator for the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program for the last 25 years. Virginia CZM is a network of state agencies and coastal localities funded by NOAA. The program is led by and headquartered at the Virginia Department of... Read More →


Wednesday December 8, 2021 9:20am - 10:30am EST