Lambda Alpha International (LAI) is an honorary society for the advancement of land economics. LAI provides a forum for the study and advancement of land economics where the "winnowing and sifting" of ideas takes place in an atmosphere of mutual respect. LAI operates through a network of chapters. A LAI Chapter provides a variety of programs and forums for its members to share information critical to understanding important land-use issues.

Twice per year chapters sponsor "Weekend Experiences" giving members an opportunity to meet and learn about land economic issues in cities throughout the world. Open to LAI members and their guests, the Land Economic Weekends address wider international, national and regional issues and include project tours within the host city.

The IMPACT Blog article, Lambda Alpha International Atlanta Chapter: growing membership, influence and impact, introduces LAI along with its designated purposes. 

In December 2013 Ei Founder Holly Elmore was inducted into membership and serves on the LAI Atlanta Chapter Board. In addition, Holly serves on the LAI Global Public Relations and Communications Committee.  

The below listings document the powerful LEWs Holly attended, beginning with the 2014 Atlanta LEW, along with designated Atlanta Chapter meetings.

February 2017 LAI Atlanta Chapter Meeting

February 15, 2017
Atlanta, GA

At the invitation of Ei Founder Holly Elmore, Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) General Manager Scott Jenkins gave an empowering Sustainability: an economic driver presentation at the February 15 LAI Atlanta Chapter luncheon meeting.

Continuing Atlanta's sustainability leadership role, MBS is slated to open in mid-2017 as the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certified professional stadium in the world. MBS will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League and Atlanta United FC of the Major League Soccer.

In his opening slide, Scott states: MBS will be the Heart of Atlanta and home to the biggest championships in the United States. The following slide substantiates the claim with a list of secured championships including, but not limited to, the 2019 Super Bowl and the 2020 NCAA Men's Final Four. Additionally, the list of sustainability accomplishments is staggering.

Throughout his presentation, Scott emphasized the economics grounding the MBS sustainability commitment.

As Scott is a close Ei friend, a strong Ei entourage attended the LAI meeting to show their support: LAI member Wayne King (U.S. Composting Council | ERTHProducts), Boyd Leake (City of Atlanta, Office of Sustainability), Jim Harrell (Renaissance Technology) and Tim Trefzer (Georgia World Congress Center).

The IMPACT Blog article, Sustainability: an economic driver, gives an overview of Scott's empowering presentation. Scott's PPT presentation is available below for download.

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At the LAI meeting Holly gave a short presentation on Cuba Building Restoration with photos from her recent Cuba Cruise. The Holly Elmore Images FB album, 2017 Cuba Cruise, is a detailed 100+ photo Cuba visit recount, complete with historical anecdotes within descriptions. Holly's PPT presentation is available below for download. 

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2016 Fall Toronto LEW

September 22 - 24, 2016
Toronto, Ontario Canada

The Lambda Alpha International Simcoe Chapter hosted the Fall 2016 Toronto Land Economics Weekend (LEW) attracting a global contingency eager to learn about Toronto's history, challenges and accomplishments. With limited time, the LEW tours and presentations focused on downtown Toronto redevelopment plans-in-process designed to craft a livable city for the increasing population.

On Thursday, September 22 LAI Board & Executive Meetings were held throughout the day. Ei Founder Holly Elmore represented the LAI Atlanta Chapter as well as her new position on the International Public Relations & Communications Committee.

The IMPACT Blog article, Toronto: crafting a livable city amidst staggering population shifts and growth, published as an in-depth LEW overview along with commentary. The Ei FB album, Toronto Land Economics Weekend, is a pictorial recount of the LEW.


2016 Spring Memphis LEW

April 21 - 23, 2016
Memphis, TN

The Lambda Alpha International Memphis Chapter hosted the Spring 2016 Land Economics Weekend (LEW) April 21 - 23 attracting a global contingency eager to learn about Memphis' history, challenges and accomplishments. With limited time, the LEW tours and presentations focused on the music industry, major redevelopment and, of course, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The IMPACT Blog article, Memphis: an amazing city redefining itself, published as an in-depth LEW overview along with commentary. The Ei FB album, Memphis Land Economics Weekend, is a pictorial recap of the Memphis LEW including a section on Holly's self-guided Memphis walking tour.


2014 Spring Atlanta LEW

April 3 - 5, 2014
Atlanta, GA

The Lambda Alpha International Atlanta Chapter hosted the Spring 2014 Land Economics Weekend attracting a global contingency eager to learn about Atlanta's history, challenges and accomplishments. LAI member, Holly Elmore, joined the "Weekend Experience" documenting the tours in the ZWA Blog article, Atlanta Welcomes Global Land Economics Group, and in the Ei FB album, Spring 2014 Lambda Alpha Land Economics Weekend in Atlanta.