In-Person Option

Cornell AgriTech, Geneva, NY

  • $30—Reduced rate
  • $40—Full rate
  • $45—Sponsor rate

June 15


9 A.M.–4 P.M.

Online Option


Cost: $25

Save the Date

Learn how to create a more sustainable, environmentally friendly landscape while reducing the impacts of pests during NYSIPM’s 2023 Annual Conference. Speakers will provide insight and instruction on incorporating sustainability and trusted IPM strategies to create landscapes that combine ecological, climate and societal considerations to achieve a more beautiful space with less work.

Registration coming soon

In order to make this meeting accessible to as many people as possible, we are inviting participants to pay what they can afford. All participants (virtual and in-person, regardless of the rate you choose) will receive the same resources after the meeting. Lunch and refreshments are included for all in-person participants.

  • $25–Attend virtually
  • $30–Attend in person at a reduced rate: We want you to be able to come. 
  • $40–Full rate: What it costs us to offer this meeting. 
  • $45–Sponsor rate: Can you help someone else attend?

Please don’t let the registration fee keep you from attending! If the suggested reduced rate poses a barrier, please contact Amara Dunn (arc55 [at] or 315-787-2206).


Gardening for the Birds

The Challenges Birds Face & How Our Gardens Can Help

Becca Rodomsky-Bish
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Effective Communication on Sustainable Landscapes

Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann
New York State Integrated Pest Management

Ecological Landscapes

Principles and Practices of Ecological Gardening

Jennie Cramer
Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science

Climate Resiliency and Landscapes

Gardening in a Warming World 

Ashley Helmholdt
Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science

Transforming Lawns Into Landscapes With IPM Principles

Transforming Lawns to Landscapes “The Broccolo Way”

An Environmental Approach to Design, Installation and Maintance. 

Laurie Broccolo
Broccolo LEEDS

Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Landscapes

Blocks in Bloom—Using Front Yard Gardens to Build Sustainable Blocks 

Kathy Lewis
Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County

Hands-on Demonstrations

Soil Health

Lawn IPM: Managing Residential Turfgrass for Multiple Ecological Benefits 

Kyle Wickings
Cornell University Department of Entomology

Invasive Weeds 

Understanding the biology of landscape weeds to select the best management approach

Bryan Brown
New York State Integrated Pest Management

Creating Beneficial Habitats

Feeding Friendly Insects

Amara Dunn
New York State Integrated Pest Management

Jen Lerner
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Putnam County


About our Speakers

Laurie Broccolo, was a tree hugger long before it became cool. Her love of Nature is why she pursued a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Conservation in 1978. She was the first recipient of FLCC’s Alumni Award, the first EPA’s Environmental Leadership Award from Lawn and Landscape Magazine in 1989 and the first to be recognized in Cornell’s Excellence in IPM Award.  

Laurie started the Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care Business in 1990 and has proudly nurtured many people for careers in the Green Industry. Her company sets the standards for implementing environmental initiatives in home and commercial landscapes from Rain gardens to Green Roofs. 

Bryan Brown is the Integrated Weed Management Specialist in the New York State IPM program at Cornell University. His extension and research aims to improve management of weeds, while minimizing the associated environmental, economic, and human health risks. His responsibilities include weed management in all agricultural crops and community settings in New York. Bryan earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maine, where he compared weed seed versus seedling-focused management strategies. 

Jennie Cramer is an educator with Cornell Garden-Based Learning. She is an ecologist turned enthusiastic horticulture educator with 25 years of experience in organic gardening, regenerative agriculture, natural history and botanical education. She is especially fond of teaching students how to create a resilient, abundant, and beautiful garden ecosystem by applying ecological principles. 

Amara Dunn is the Biocontrol Specialist with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, a part of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Her goal is to support all New Yorkers in the effective use of biological control, both in agricultural settings and in the places where people live, work, learn, and play. 


As coordinator of NYSIPM’s Community program, Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann works to reduce pest risks and increase awareness of safe and effective pest management tools in non-agricultural settings at the regional, state and national level. Her work includes preserving and managing bees and wasps in structures and landscapes; providing outreach and education on bed bugs; conducting tick surveillance; safeguarding Long Island’s water quality through the Our Land, Our Water campaign and building awareness of safe IPM practices in schools, public spaces and the home environment.

Ashley works as the Adult Program Leader for Cornell Garden Based Learning. Ashley’s background is in sustainable planning, environmental education and civic engagement processes, focused on food systems and gardening projects. She has an Urban Planning and Environmental Studies BS from Michigan State University, and an Applied Research in Human Environment Relations MS from Cornell. She’s worked with national and regional non-profits, like Earth Force and the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition, as well as with local government sustainability and farmers market management, developing new grants and education programs on food security, climate change and community gardens. She’s excited to support professional development resources for the Master Gardener Volunteer and Seed to Supper programs.

Programs she supports include: 

Jen Lerner is a Senior Resource Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Putnam County. With a degree in horticulture from Cornell, Jen got her footing in the landscape industry and has been with extension now for 19 years. Her areas of focus include creating pollinator habitat in managed landscapes, log-grow Shiitake culture, and serving commercial horticulture audiences include turf and landscape industries. 

Kathy Lewis became a Master Gardener in Monroe County NY after retiring from a career with job titles ranging from School Bus Driver to Director of the Office for the Aging (and several others). After retirement she sought to combine her experience working with community groups with her passion for gardening. She developed Blocks in Bloom as a way to help connect Cooperative Extensions with residents of lower-resourced neighborhoods, using gardening as a tool to strengthen community.

Becca Rodomsky-Bish is the Project Leader for the Great Backyard Bird Count and Nest Quest Go! at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She has an M.S., Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and B.A., Anthropology/Biology from Sonoma State University. As an avid gardener with a passion for birds, she actively creates abundant, beautiful gardens while supporting biodiversity in the Northeast. 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Kyle is the Turfgrass Entomologist for Cornell University and leads the soil insect ecology lab at Cornell AgriTech.  Research in Kyle’s program aims to develop sustainable and effective soil and pest management practices for the turfgrass industry and to increase the ecological value of turfgrasses and other greenspaces. 

Kyle Wickings
Cornell University Department of Entomology

New York State Integrated Pest Management’s 2023 Annual Conference is presented by the NYSIPM and Sustainable Landscapes Work Teams