Rochester, N.Y., January 12-14, 2010

The 2010 Empire State Green Industry Show, Today’s Challenges … Tomorrow’s Opportunities combines the conferences and trade shows of the New York State Turfgrass Association, New York State Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc., and New York State Arborists-ISA Chapter, Inc.

Many challenges face our industry today. In addition to coping with agronomic issues, green industry professionals must also confront economic difficulties and environmental concerns. However, savvy professionals know that the key to success is to transform these challenges into opportunities. The 2010 Empire State GIS is the place to do that.

This show offers innovative education sessions presented by the most qualified experts in the industry, opportunities to buy from leading green industry businesses at our trade show, roundtable luncheon discussions, updates on New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations and the chance to mingle with like-minded individuals in all green industry fields.

General Show Information

Recertification Credits
NYSDEC pesticide recertification credits, ISA continuing education units, STMA continuing education units and CNLP credits are available. Pesticide recertification credits are available from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Continuing education units and education points are available from GCSAA and PGMS. Continuing education credits are offered by SIMA for certified snow professionals. Certified parks & recreation professionals (CPRP) should contact the NYS Recreation and Park Society at 703-858-4732 to request credit equivalency.

NYSDEC Credit Procedures
To qualify for NYSDEC credits, please obtain a NYSDEC credit certificate at the registration desk or NYSDEC booth. Present your certification license and sign the roster as you enter each session. Your credit certificate will be stamped at the end of each session. It is your responsibility to be present during the entire session to receive full credit.

Certified pesticide applicators must be recertified in each category or subcategory every three years. Continuing education credits must consist of at least 25 percent category-specific training for each category of certification.

GCSAA Education Points
The program has been approved for education points. The following points are available: Tuesday, January 12, .65; Wednesday, January 13, .85; and Thursday, January 14, .50. To receive points, submit the event approval code for each day to the GCSAA headquarters within 30 days of the event.

Turf Bowl
This is a competition to test students’ turfgrass knowledge. Preregister individuals or teams with David Chinery at 518-272-4210 by Friday, December 18, 2009.

NYSNLA Annual Dinner and Auction
To preregister or for more information on the annual membership reception and Nurserymen’s Foundation Auction, contact Kim Tiberia at 518-694-4430.

ISA Exam
The ISA exam will be held on Tuesday, January 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Cascades. Preregistration is required. Registration is only available through ISA at

Job Board
Looking to hire a recent graduate? Bring along a job description and post it on our job board.

Special Needs
Any attendee having special needs should attach a separate sheet to their conference registration form providing details.

2010 ESGIS Schedule

Monday, January 11

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. NYSA Board of Director’s Meeting, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wilmorite Room

3 – 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open for Exhibitors

Tuesday, January 12

6:30 – 8:30 a.m. Coffee compliments of VisitRochester, Galleria

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration Desk Open

8 – 10 a.m. Education Sessions

10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Education Sessions

12 – 1:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussions with Lunch, Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside

1 – 5 p.m. ISA Exam, Cascades

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Education Sessions

2:30 – 6 p.m.Trade Show Reception

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Education Sessions

4:30 – 5 p.m. Logo Painting and Striping Demonstration, Trade Show

7 p.m. NYSTA Board of Directors and New York Turfgrass Foundation Dinner (by invitation), Hyatt Regency Hotel

Wednesday, January 13

6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open

6:30 – 8 a.m. Early Bird Education Sessions

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Trade Show Hours

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Education Sessions

9 – 11 a.m. Coffee compliments of VisitRochester, Trade Show

9:30 a.m. Institutional & University Grounds Managers Meeting, Highland AK

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Tr4ee Identification and Landscape Value Demonstration, Trade Show

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Turf Bowl, Cascades

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Education Sessions

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Trade Show Lunch

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. NYSTA Past President’s Luncheon

1 – 2:30 p.m. Education Sessions

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. NYSTA Annual Meeting, Highland AK

3 – 3:30 p.m. Shrub Pruning Demonstration, Trade Show

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Education Sessions

5 – 8 p.m. Education Sessions

6 p.m. NYSNLA Membership Reception and Nurserymen’s Foundation Auction, Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside

Thursday, January 14

6 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration Desk Open

7 – 8 a.m. Early Bird Education Session

8:15 – 10:15 a.m.Education Sessions

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. NYSNLA Board of Director’s Meeting and Leadership Forum, Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Education Sessions