Landscape for Life Training

Taught in partnership with

The Morton Arboretum

April 19, 21, 26 and 28

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

and April 30

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



news & updates
March 28, 2016

Promote Your Company Here

MELA members -- you can now promote your company right here, where potential customers can see you first when they log onto the MELA home page. Send your company name and a one-sentence company description that tells us who you are, what you do, and where you do it, emphasizing the the sustainable services your company offers. Then in 150 words or less, describe a project of your choice. Tell us what problems you addressed and what sustainable methods you used to overcome them in relation to water, soils, vegetation, materials, and/or human health. Be as specific as you can to bring your story to life.  Finally, you may attach a 3-minute You Tube video to further describe your company or illustrate your project. When you're ready, e-mail your completed submission and You Tube video link to director@melaweb.org. Your submission will be evaluated along with all others, and the board will be continuously posting the ones that best illustrate expertise in sustainable landscaping a .. MORE >

March 11, 2016

Congratulations to MELA Award Winners

Jim Kleinwatcher and John Edel Honored at MELA Conference March 3rd Kleinwatcher is the recipient of the Polaris Award, given annually in recognition of lifetime commitment to environmental sustainability. Since 1988 Jim Kleinwachter has been a champion of the environment.  He served the Conservation Foundation as a volunteer for 20 years, then in 2004 when he became the Land Preservation Specialist for the Conservation Foundation, he developed, implemented and now oversees the Conservation@Home and Conservation@Work programs. John Edel, recipient of the Garth Conrad Memorial Award for Innovation in Sustainability, is creator of The Plant, a project combining adaptive industrial reuse and aquaponics to create the nation's first vertical farm and food-business incubator powered entirely by the waste of neighboring businesses.  John also is the owner and developer of the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, a green business incubator.   .. MORE >

March 1, 2016

Founder Mike Nowak featured in the Tribune

Congratulations to MELA Founder Mike Nowak who was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune. Check it out HERE. .. MORE >


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