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Bay-Friendly Maintenance Training, Jan. 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Dates:     Four consecutive Tuesdays: January 10, 17, 24 and 31
Location: Lake Merritt Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland

The Bay-Friendly Training & Qualification Course for Maintaining Existing Landscapes provides a comprehensive education in environmentally responsible strategies for professional landscape maintenance. The Bay-Friendly training program is offered by ReScape California and sponsored in Alameda County by StopWaste.

This course is free for eligible staff of public agencies in Alameda County. StopWaste will pay the entire $495 registration fee – see below for details. (If you do not meet the scholarship criteria, go to ReScape California's website for registration information.)


If you are staff with a StopWaste Member Agency and meet the scholarship criteria listed below, please contact Teresa Eade Please register early — this class usually sells out.

*All registrations using the promo code will be reviewed to ensure they meet the scholarship criteria listed below. If you have any problems or questions, please contact Teresa Eade, Senior Program Manager at StopWaste.

Criteria for StopWaste Scholarship

  • You are staff with one of our Member Agencies (the County of Alameda, the 14 cities in Alameda County, and Oro Loma and Castra Valley Sanitary Districts), AND
  • You are able to attend all four days of training (January 10, 17, 24 and 31), AND
  • You do one or more of the following:
    • maintain civic landscapes
    • supervise employees who maintain civic landscapes
    • are responsible for capital improvements in your city/jurisdiction that include public landscapes
    • manage new developments for your city/jurisdiction
  • AND you have not taken the Bay-Friendly Landscape Maintenance Training before.


For public sector staff and officials, Bay-Friendly training will help you:

  • Stretch your agency’s budget farther with techniques that reduce the cost of maintenance, chemicals, water and energy
  • Reduce waste and meet recycling goals
  • Meet your municipality’s Climate Action Plan goals
  • Support implementation of your agency’s Bay-Friendly policy 
  • Address growing public concern about the use of toxic chemicals in public landscapes

Training Topics

  • Using sheet mulch to remove turf or to control weeds
  • Maintaining sites using Integrated Pest Management practices
  • Managing irrigation for maximum water savings and plant health
  • Reducing greenwaste
  • Assessing compost quality
  • Installing and maintaining stormwater infrastructure
  • Managing and caring for native and climate-adapted plants
  • And much more