G3 Watershed Wise Landscape Programs include a Professional Series (Core Concepts Workshop, Intensive Seminar, Communication Workshop, and Coordination Workshop) and a Homeowner and Garden Steward Series (Watershed Basics Classes, Hands-on Workshops (HOWs), Garden Steward Series, and Neighborhood Walks).
The core curriculum for all G3 Watershed Wise Landscape Program components integrates our seven tenants of attainable sustainability and watershed friendly landscape restoration:
- Watershed Model For Site Assessment
- Conservation of Resources
- Growing a Living Soil Sponge
- Eliminating Dry-weather and Stormwater Runoff
- Developing Native Habitat and Reducing Green Waste
- Rainwater As a Resource and Irrigating Correctly
- Empowering Community Action
Voice of the Watersheds (VOW) Project
Make a VOW to give your watershed the voice it deserves. Read more about VOW Project on the G3 Blog.
The VOW Project is a series of group workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions designed to help environmental-focused individuals and organizations transform their presentations into talks that get people talking about the power of the message and taking action on the passion. The G3 Communication Workshop anchors the group training and is available for Core Concepts Workshop graduates.
The VOW Workshop is available to anyone who has not completed the Core Concepts Workshop. The VOW Workshop easily is customized for an organization’s particular needs. Private coaching sessions are available within a consulting contract.
G3 develops Branded Customized Programs for cities, public agencies, and environmental non-profit organizations. These include Homeowner and Garden Steward Series and Professional Training including:
California Water Resources Control Board Storm Water Program
In 2013, G3 will be piloting its two-day Urban Watershed Assessment Training (UWAT) Workshop for the California Water Resources Control Board Storm Water Program in Sacramento, CA with the intention of collaborating with the SWRCB Training Academy to deliver the program in various cities throughout California. The UWAT Workshop combines the curriculum of the Core Concepts Workshop with Sheet Mulching and Sponge Garden HOWs, resulting in a one-day in-class training on the basic watershed friendly landscape concepts and one-day in-field applying the principles to build a Sponge Garden that SLOWS, SPREADS, and SOAKS rainwater into the landscape! The films, Slow the Flow and Cycle of Insanity will be viewed during an evening session between the days.
Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program
G3 is a consultant to the international environmental non-profit organization, The Sufrider Foundation, in developing and piloting the Ocean Friendly Gardens Program in California with the intention of rolling out various components throughout the United States. Read more about the OFG Program on the G3 Blog. The OFG Program implements Surfrider’s principles of C.P.R.:
- C – Conservation of water, energy, and habitat.
- P – Permeability of soil and surfaces lets water slow down and sink.
- R – Retention of rainwater and prevention of wet weather runoff.
The OFG Program Series includes:
- Lawn Patrol Neighborhood Walks
- Watershed Basics Classes
- Hands-On Workshops (HOWs)
- Garden Assistance Party (GAP) Volunteer Workdays
- OFG Yard Sign Standards
Surfrider Chapters work with landscape industry professionals, city agencies and policy makers, funding partners, other non-profit organizations, and the local community to grow the OFG Program organically within various communities. The Surfrider Chapters post photos, blog about successes, and track the progress of folks converting their landscapes into Ocean Friendly Gardens.
Many G3 Associates and G3 Qualified Trainers have become involved with their local Surfrider Chapter’s OFG Committee, providing valuable guidance and resources to expand the OFG Program in their local community.
Generation Water’s Water Efficiency Professional Training Program
In July 2011, G3 was hired by Generation Water, a Los Angeles-based workforce development-focused non-profit organization, to create a five-day customized training program for its participants, primarily young adults in search of meaningful and environmentally-focused careers. The resulting Water Efficiency Professional Training Program (WEPTP) provides a holistic approach to understanding landscape-related water and resource issues that focuses on transferrable knowledge and problem-solving skills. Read more about WEPTP on the G3 Blog.
The WEPTP follows G3′s Watershed Wise Professional curriculum and is delivered over five consecutive eight-hour days: three hours in classroom and four hours in the field implementing concepts through hands-on training. The WEPTP is the first step in developing a Los Angeles-based Urban Watershed Professional Qualification.