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Upcoming Landscape Professional Trainings

ReScape Maintenance Qualification Training

Dates: Four full days - January 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2020
Location: Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St., Oakland, CA
Who should attend: Landscape maintenance staff and management
Cost: Early bird tuition: $575 by 12/13/19 ($625 after 12/13/19). Employees of public agencies in Alameda County may be eligible for a $350 StopWaste training discount

Registration is open for the ReScape California's January 2020 Maintenance Qualification Training. This training provides landscape maintenance professionals with practical tools to manage healthy landscapes, protect local watersheds, and address climate change. Learn about regenerative landscape practices from leading experts in soil health, irrigation, plant care, integrated pest management, and more.

How to apply for StopWaste's $350 training discount

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StopWaste's WELO Enforcement Training for Public Agency Staff

Dates & locations:

  • March 18 in Hayward, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m
  • March 31 in Livermore, 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • April 30 in Oakland, 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Who should attend: Public agency staff responsible for building and landscape permits in the County of Alameda and its 14 cities

Cost: Free (includes lunch)

This free workshop equips public agency staff with the essential tools and knowledge to effectively enforce the Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance. Through a combination of lecture, visuals and hands-on, interactive exercises, participants will learn how to:

  • Interpret and enforce WELO
  • Use the StopWaste WELO Tool Kit to streamline project review
  • Spot the most common errors on WELO submittals
  • Comply with the state's annual reporting requirements
  • Use ReScape Rated Landscapes as a tool for WELO implementation

Information and RSVP: Email Jennifer West or call (510) 891-6555

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StopWaste's All About Compost: Schedule a Brownbag Lunch & Learn

For 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

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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  • Updated for 2019!

    This annual report recognizes—and quantifies—the commitment of StopWaste's member agencies to landscapes that provide multiple environmental and community benefits, including carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reductions resulting from applying compost to the soil. 

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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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