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6th Acting Locally for a More Sustainable World Conference – February 11-13, 2021

February 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - February 13, 2021 @ 9:00 pm

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We are delighted to welcome you to our Annual Conference on February 11-13, 2021. This event is one of the largest environmental and community activist gatherings in northern New Jersey.

At the conference, you will have the opportunity to meet community leaders and groups from northern and central New Jersey to network about environmental issues, including local food, sustainable communities, alternative transportation, renewable energy, clean air and water, and climate change activism.  Stay tuned for more details.

Location: The 2021 Conference will be a virtual event due to the ongoing COVID crisis. Participants can join from anywhere in the country – or the world!

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Douglas Tallamy


The Northeast Earth Coalition is honored to have Dr. Douglas Tallamy as our keynote speaker for the 6th Acting Locally for a More Sustainable World Conference.

Dr. Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored eighty research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for thirty-two years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

Tallamy’s award-winning first book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, published in 2007, made the case for the key ecological role of native plants. His revolutionary 2020 follow-up book, Nature’s Best Hope, presents a grass-roots approach to conservation, emphasizing how anyone with access to a piece of land can take action to create essential habitat for insects and the wildlife that depends on them.

His message is solution-based action, where small efforts by many people in their yards or local public spaces can create new ecological networks connecting populations of plants and animals so they will have the resilience to survive and thrive.

Tallamy coined the term Homegrown National Park™ to describe this movement. According to Tallamy, “Our National Parks, no matter how grand in scale, are too small and separated from one another to preserve species to the levels needed. Thus, the concept for Homegrown National Park, a bottom-up call-to-action to restore habitat where we live and work, and to a lesser extent where we farm and graze, extending national parks to our yards and communities.

“In the past, we have asked one thing of our gardens: that they be pretty. Now they have to support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators and manage water.”

February 11th at 7pm – Conference Opening Ceremony – Speaker: 

  • Jose German-Gomez, Founder and CEO of the Northeast Earth Coalition

First presentation, at 7:15pm: Northeast Pollinator Pathways – Speaker:

  • Mary Ellen Lemay, graduate of Yale University in Environmental Management, founder of the Eco-Sites, LLC, and passionate advocate for pollinator preservation.

February 12th, at 7pm – Impact of Community Gardens, Environmentalism and Social Justice. Speakers:

  • Lana Mustafa, environmentalist, urban farmer, social justice activist, and educator.
  • Tobias Fox, agriculturalist, ecopreneur, and founder and managing director of Newark Science and Sustainability.
  • Armando Cruz, environmentalist, community activist, and animal and human rights advocate.


February 13th, at 10am – Essex-Hudson Ice & Iron Greenway Project – Speaker:

  • Debra Kagan, Executive Director of New Jersey Bike & Walk

February 13th, at 11:30am – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Douglas Tallamy: Nature’s Best Hope

  • Virtual tabling for registered groups will be available every day during the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to virtually meet the groups, learn about their programs and projects as well as network with them.

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Annual Conference 2021 Brochure

Conference 2021 Press Release PDF

Our 6th Annual conference is sponsored by:

A family wealth management firm specializing in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing.  We help clients align their investments with their values.

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February 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
February 13, 2021 @ 9:00 pm


Virtual Conference
Virtual event
Montclair, NJ 07042 United States
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Northeast Earth Coalition
(973) 233-1106
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