Building connections with educational organizations and other nonprofits.
Ecological Landscape Alliance
The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) is a nonprofit, member-based organization made up of professionals, businesses, and pro-active community members who believe in using landscape practices that are environmentally safe and beneficial. The Conway-ELA partnership provides enrolled Conway students with one-year student memberships in ELA beginning in September. ELA reserves spots at ELA summer workshops for Conway students and alums, and Conway students and alums write articles for ELA’s monthly email newsletter. Conway exhibits at ELA’s annual conference, and hosts an event for alums the night before the conference.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School inspires people to create a better, more sustainable world by providing hands-on education that integrates design and craft as a creative, interactive process. The school offers workshops from two days to two weeks, certificate programs, and a college semester program. These classes cover topics including natural building, sustainable design, energy efficiency and renewables, ecological landscapes, regenerative design, and many more. Yestermorrow’s courses are specifically designed to demystify the designing and building processes using hands-on, experiential learning. The Conway-Yestermorrow partnership includes a 25% discount for Conway alums who take two-day to two-week-long Yestermorrow courses, and a 10% discount on longer courses. Eligible Yestermorrow programs include workshops such as the five-day Regenerative Farm and Garden Design course or the twelve-day Permaculture Design Certificate. Applicants to Conway who have taken the equivalent of a twelve-day course at Yestermorrow can apply for a partial Conway School tuition grant.
UMass Amherst LARP
The UMass Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) is a combined department providing professionally accredited degrees (MRP, MLA, BSLA), one of the most innovative sustainability-focused undergraduate degrees in the country (Sustainable Community Development), a skills-based two-year Associate of Landscape Contracting, and a PhD in Regional Planning. The Conway-LARP Partnership creates a pathway for Conway alums to obtain advanced placement in the MLA program at UMass.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design provides nationally-accredited, inventive, and demanding programs in landscape architecture, historic preservation, environmental planning & design, and environmental ethics. At CED, students cultivate not only the skills they need to work as professional designers and practitioners, but the individual passions they have to make a difference in their world. The Conway-CED Partnership creates a pathway for Conway alums to obtain advanced placement in the University of Georgia’s MLA program, and to transfer credits into the Master of Environmental Planning and Design (MEPD) program.
Permaculture Skills Center
The Permaculture Skills Center (PSC) is a five-acre demonstration site and educational institution dedicated to sharing regenerative land development and management practices. PSC is located in the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed just south of Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, California. The site is also the home of PSC’s partner organization, Permaculture Artisans. The Center offers short courses in topics such as water harvesting systems and an online Eco-Landscape Mastery School (ELM). ELM is geared towards professionals looking to start or grow their own practice. The Conway-PSC partnership includes a 25% discount on PSC workshops for Conway alums. Conway will also waive application fees for applicants who have taken an Immersion Program at the Permaculture Skills Center.
Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE)
ALPINE seeks to expand the role that academic institutions play in conserving the New England landscape by sharing experiences and resources among faculty and staff, students, administrations,and alumni. The network’s shared belief is that academic communities can be a powerful force for positive environmental change locally and globally. Conway is a member of ALPINE and participates in meetings and other events.