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Trainings, Events & Resources

All About Compost: Schedule a Free Lunch & Learn

Public agencies in Alameda County: StopWaste offers free lunchtime talks for planning and landscape maintenance staff about how to select and apply quality compost to control erosion and create healthy, drought-resistant soil. We'll come to your office or facility.

Email Jennifer West to learn more. 

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Nearly 450 public agency staff have completed the ReScape/Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional Training. The trainings are only offered a few times a year in Alameda County and they sell out fast, so register now. 

ReScape Landscape Maintenance Training and Qualification Program

Previously known as Bay-Friendly Training  
Dates: June 10, 13, 17 and 18, 2019
Location: Campbell, CA
Type of event: Training for landscape professionals
Cost: $495 (only $145 after StopWaste discount*)

ReScape California's maintenance training program provides the latest science-based information on today’s most crucial landscape topics, including firescaping, soil health, stormwater management techniques, carbon sequestration, Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) compliance, and more. This training sells out fast - don't miss out!

*StopWaste will cover $350 of the registration fee for eligible employees of public agencies in Alameda County and its 14 cities. Scholarship funds are limited - contact us now to apply. Email Teresa Eade for details. You must receive scholarship approval from StopWaste before registering for the class. 

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ReScape Landscape Design Training and Qualification Program

Previously known as Bay-Friendly Training 
Dates: June 26-28, 2019
Location: Hayward, CA
Type of event: Training for landscape professionals
Cost: $495 (only $145 after StopWaste discount*)

This three-session training program is taught by leading experts in stormwater infrastructure, soil health, irrigation, plant selection and integrated pest management, providing a comprehensive education in environmentally responsible strategies for landscape design, construction and maintenance. This training is intended for landscape architects, designers and contractors working primarily on public, institutional and commercial work. This training sells out fast - don't miss out!

*StopWaste will cover $350 of the registration fee for eligible employees of public agencies in Alameda County and its 14 cities. Scholarship funds are limited - contact us now to apply. Email Teresa Eade for details. You must receive scholarship approval from StopWaste before registering for the class. 

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Fall 2019: WELO Enforcement Training for Public Agencies

Date: October 16, 2019
Location: Oakland, CA
Type of event: Training for public agency staff
Cost: Free

StopWaste is providing free Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) Enforcement training to public agency staff in Alameda County who enforce building and landscape permits. For more information and to RSVP, contact Teresa Eade at teade@stopwaste.org or (510) 891-6531.

Also, if you're involved with WELO enforcement, be sure to check out StopWaste's WELO Resources.

 

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) and the New Normal for California Landscaping

Date: November 6, 2019
Location: San Francisco and internet simulcast
Type of event: Training for landscape professionals
Cost: Free

Presented by StopWaste and PG&E. This full-day workshop takes an expansive look at the Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance and explores an array of design strategies that meet WELO requirements. Presentation topics include water budget calculations, irrigation best practices, and optimal use of compost and low-water plant selection.

This training also includes perspectives of a WELO code reviewer and an interactive design review activity where participants apply the training concepts.

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Related Resources

  • The Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance is a statewide water conservation law for new and renovated landscapes that meet a certain size threshold.

    StopWaste has developed a WELO Tool Kit to help its member agencies implement the ordinance. The Tool Kit consists of model checklists, a water budget/water use calculator, and a permit counter brochure.

    Public agencies can use these materials as is or modify them to meet local requirements.

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  • In Alameda County, 70 properties covering 328 acres have earned the Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes distinction.

    StopWaste's Sustainable Landscapes in Alameda County report lists these landscapes along with project details including location, developer, landscape architect, size, water savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

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  • Landscape Professionals: Find resources about sheet mulch, compost and mulch at the Lawn to Garden website, including an up-to-date directory of dozens of Bay Area sources for bulk compost, mulch and sheet mulch materials.

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  • Healthy soils have come to the forefront in the last few years as a means to address climate mitigation and adaptation. This StopWaste report proposes nearly 50 measures addressing how soils, compost, and mulch can be incorporated into climate adaptation plans.

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  • This 68-page publication is written for the professional landscape industry. It presents guidance, best practices and resources for the design, construction and maintenance of high performance landscapes.

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  • The Mulch Guide (available in English and Spanish) has detailed information about using mulch to save money, control weeds, and create healthy landscapes. It includes information on types of mulch and how to use them successfully, sample maintenance specifications, information about using mulch for erosion control, photos of mulch installations and more. 

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  • This guide explains how to reduce waste and create beautiful landscapes using salvaged and recycled-content materials. It includes types and sources of materials as well as a section on using “urbanite” to build benches, garden walls and more. Although it was written for landscape professionals, it contains useful information for home gardeners.

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  • The City of Hayward's Route 238 Capital Improvement Project is the biggest Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape to date. This project, which includes nearly seven acres of irrigated medians and other landscaping, was designed to save more than two million gallons of water annually. Download the two-page case study to learn more.

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  • The Casitas Alameda Homeowners Association, a community of more than 400 homes, used sheet mulch to replace a large swath of lawn with colorful, climate-appropriate plants. The new landscape is expected to use two-thirds less water than the lawn.

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  • Pleasanton Landscape Success Story cover image

    Learn how the City of Pleasanton used sheet mulch to convert a lawn along Main Street to a Bay-Friendly landscape that is saving as much as 384,000 gallons of water annually. Sheet mulching the lawn instead of excavating it kept 16.5 tons of turf out of the landfill. The new no-mow landscape looks great, costs less to maintain, and provides bird and pollinator habitat and other benefits.

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  • Read about the City of Alameda Housing Authority's renovation of the landscaping at Independence Plaza, a 186-unit affordable housing complex for seniors. Labor- and water-intensive turf and lagoons were replaced with a no-mow landscape featuring California native plants. The changes are saving 1.3 million gallons of water and reducing maintenance costs by $12,000 annually.

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  • Harbor Bay Success Story

    Learn how the Harbor Bay Median relandscaping project in Alameda used sheet mulch to replace 2.5 acres of conventional grass medians with a Bay-Friendly landscape that enhances the spectacular shoreline setting. Sheet mulching the median turf instead of excavating it kept 221 tons of turf out of the landfill.The new landscape has saved more than 9 million gallons of water in three years.

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