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SafeLawns to Open 2012 Tour in Sacramento

The SafeLawns Foundation announced today it will open its 2012 international tour in California at the EcoLandscape 2012 conference in Woodland, just outside of Sacramento.

The conference, which will focus on economically and environmentally sustainable business practices in the green industry, will be keynoted by SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey, as well as Jeff Lowenfels of Anchorage, Alaska, author of Teeming with Microbes.

“We’re excited to begin our seventh year of touring the United States and Canada with the message of reducing toxins in the environment at this progressive conference,” said Tukey, who will introduce the award-winning film, A Chemical Reaction, after his afternoon speech titled “Reducing & Eliminating Harmful Inputs to the Landscape.” “We have also advocated that there needs to be a strong sustainable business component when you change from one way of doing things to another. The message here is that it’s possible to have a beautiful landscape without toxins — and that it’s possible for companies to make money doing so.”


EcoLandscape 2012
January 28, 2012
Heidrick Ag History Center and Museum, Woodland, California

Sustainable Landscaping Businesses Are Successful and Profitable — Now

THEME: Leading by Example – Landscaping companies have developed successful
business models based on Sustainable Landscaping Practices.
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Welcome & Acknowledgements

8:05 – 8:30 a.m. How Sustainability Leads to Profitability
Jim Borneman, Vice President of Education, Ewing Irrigation

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Market Opportunities for Sustainable Landscaping
Dave Alba, Organic Land Care Program Manager, Oregon Tilth

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: We Must Sustain the Soil to Succeed
Jeff Lowenfels, Garden Columnist and Author of “Teaming With Microbes”

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Successful Sustainable Business Models (Introduction by Ed Laivo)

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Small Business – Hyphae Design Laboratory
Brent Bucknam, Founder
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Medium Business – Gardener’s Guild
Daniel Levy
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Large Business – Cagwin & Dorward
Dave Phelps, Sustainability Manager

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Sustainable Business Panel Discussion
Moderator: Ed Laivo, Sales & Marketing Director
Devil Mountain Wholesale Nursery

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Eco-Trade Show, Speakers Available for Q&A & Book Signings

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Opportunities in Ordinances
Pamela Berstler, Founding Member, G3 – Green Gardens Group
Legislative Chairperson, Association of Professional Landscape Designers, CA

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Reducing/Eliminating Harmful Inputs to the Landscape
Paul Tukey, Founder of SafeLawns Movement, Author & Journalist

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 – 4:40 p.m. Film Viewing: “A Chemical Reaction” (Introduction by P. Tukey)

4:40 – 5:30 p.m. Meet Paul Tukey & Jeff Lowenfels, Book & DVD Sales, Signing

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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