The project began in June 2013 with stakeholder, ESA, and landscape architect meetings to define short and long-term goals. Continued discussion through spring 2014 led up to the Sacramento 2014 ESA meeting that included workshops, symposia and field trips to expose ESA members to planning opportunities and to the design process.
For the 2015 ESA Centennial conference in Baltimore, another Earth Stewarship Initiative Demonstration Project will take place. Landscape design and ecology student teams will run planning exhibits and booths in key locations during the conference to stimulate discussion and raise awareness of the use-inspired application of ecological science. Follow-up for the Baltimore Earth Stewardship Inititiative will occur through Yale University, collaborators, and other stakeholders. Follow-up for ESA will take place with a distributed graduate course in fall 2015 that uses the Baltimore example to develop similar actionable planning projects in cities of participating universities.
Going forward, the Earth Stewardship Initiative is planning two more demonstration projects to take place at the ESA conferences in Portland, Oregon in 2017 and in New Orleans in 2018.