Thursday, May 23, 2013 (8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.) Location: Vaquero G

Gardens as Conservation Partners at the Urban-Wild Interface

This session will inspire and guide the association and our institutions. We’ll examine progress and help forge paths to continue developing effective ways to lead and participate in community conservation, demonstrate benefits and progress, and support stewardship conversations with our boards, managers, visitors, partners, and funders. This session initially presents an update of the 2003 APGA-wide survey conducted jointly by the Center for Plant Conservation and Canadian botanical Conservation network, “The role of botanic Gardens in Conservation, Management and interpretation of natural areas.”  The report will present current results and assess change in the last ten years. additionally, session speakers will provide case studies and resources for garden work (beyond just their own) in related topics: 1) Preserving natural areas and Connections Through urban areas;  2) Gardens as Conservation and restoration advisors and Partners in local Development and restoration Work;  3) Gardens as Stewards, holding and Managing Conservation Easements and natural areas;  and 4) Gardens Creating native Seed Sources and Plant Materials Capacity Supporting local restoration Efforts.
Presenters: Kathryn Kennedy, Executive Director and President of Center for Plant Conservation; David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Ontario; Joyce Maschinski, Conservation Ecologist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; Johnny Randall, Assistant Director for Natural Areas and Conservation Programs, North Carolina Botanical Garden; Roger Gettig, Director of Horticulture and Conservation, Holden Arboretum; Gregory Mueller.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) Location: Vaquero G

Driving Sustainability Through Employee Engagement

The push to become sustainable has had an impact in almost every aspect of operating a garden. You can make great strides in greening your garden’s operations without significant costs.  Hear how other organizations have effectively utilized the creative energy of their employees to become leaders in green! 
Recycling, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and water conservation are among the wide range of tactics gardens and other institutions are employing to reduce their environmental footprint and maximize efficiencies on the road to sustainability. The organizations that are most successful have coupled the leadership of management with the establishment of employee driven green teams who are actively engaged in the development, implementation, tracking, and rewarding of green practices. The panelists bring a diversity of experience from gardens of all sizes and will share case studies, green team best practices, and methods to cultivate cooperation and communication along with specific team and project ideas. The panel will illustrate how to successfully advance your sustainable operations, often in low cost ways, through highly engaged employees and employee driven green teams.
Presenters: Deborah Frank, Vice President of Sustainability, Missouri Botanical Garden; Sarah Hedean, Orchid Curator, Smithsonian Orchid Collection, Smithsonian 
Gardens; Gwenn Stauffer, Executive Director, Ganna Walska Lotusland; Jack Woodland, Landscape Director, Botanical Gardens of Kohler.

Friday, May 24, 2013 (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) Location: Vaquero G

Growing Sustainability in Our Gardens:  An index for North American Public Gardens

Whether you are commencing your sustainability journey, or are much further along the road, this session will introduce the tools and resources that are essential for success. Longwood Gardens, Five Winds, and APGA have been furthering an operational sustainability index and best practices workbook, specifically for public gardens. APGA’s Green buildings and landscape Committee has closely followed and supported this work. Representatives of approximately twenty public gardens of varying size and geography will freely share their successes, challenges, and frustrations encountered during their three-month assessment of the sustainability index and highly-interactive workbook. They will also provide a 
candid evaluation of the efficacy of these tools in advancing sustainability within their own garden, as well as to the broader application of sustainability for all public gardens. Further details on the formal launch of the index and the Workbook will also be unveiled during this session.
Presenters: Jim Fava, Senior Director, Strategy and Business Development, PE International, Inc.; Mark Winnicki, Director of Facilities Management, Longwood Gardens; Katherine Maroney, Associate, Strategy Consulting, PE International, Inc.; Casey Sclar, Executive Director, American Public Gardens Association.

Friday, May 24, 2013 (1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) Location: Vaquero G

Green it up: a Tale of Three Sustainability Programs

The issue of sustainability in the landscape has become increasingly more important to our facilities, our visitors, and our communities.  To meet this growing need, three institutions developed missions, educational programs, and strategies and will share with the audience how the programs evolved, their 
success rate, and any pitfalls that occurred along the way. Presenters will discuss the range of programs created to help people address those issues at home and in the landscape, from small outreach programs to large symposia. Even for programs that are more difficult to classify as “green” (think floral design), we’ve found that adding sustainability components have helped us diversify our offerings and make the programs feel more relevant. Join this session and learn about several different types of established programs and how successful they are, including money made (or lost!), the number of people who attended, and other evaluation measures that were employed. Presenters will discuss target audiences and why reaching the “millennials” is so important.
Presenters: Renata Brown, Associate Director of Education, Cleveland Botanical Garden; Jenny Pope, Education Director, The Dawes Arboretum; Gabe Tilove, Adult Education Coordinator, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.