- Can you explain clearly how much water a landscape requires?
- Are you able to calculate how much water your soil holds and when it is depleted?
- Are you able to calculate the exact amount of water to apply and when to apply it for optimal landscape health?
- Do you know why a protozoa infusion benefits plants?
- What about rainwater harvesting: How much water falls on your landscape? How do you contain it cost effectively, and where do you reuse it?
The Core Concepts Workshop will provide you with or sharpen these critical skills for landscape industry, water efficiency, and watershed professionals. The Core Concepts Workshop covers the math and science underlying sustainable landscaping principles, emphasizes confidence-building communication techniques for spreading the word, and provides an in-field site evaluation experience to reinforce and apply the theories. In the Core Concepts Workshop you will learn how to:
- Conduct a Site Assessment For Urban Watershed Restoration
- Design Projects Within Water Budgets Using Plant Factor Design
- Utilize the Soil Food Web to Remove Lawn and Build Living Soil Without Chemicals
- Develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and Zero Dry-weather Runoff Strategy
- Calculate Managed Allowed Depletion Using Plant/Soil/Water Relationship
While mastering the material is reward in and of itself, the successful completion of the six and a half hour class and passing the one hour quiz with a score of 75% or more qualifies the Participant for launching on to either the Intensive Seminar or Communication Workshop. G3 provides CEUS from various organizations, including APLD, ISA and others.
G3 recognizes the importance of building a thriving, knowledgeable cohort of professional landscape designers, contractors, planners, and related industry professionals within each city that G3 provides its classes and services. Without the trained professional support group, property stewards are left to navigate the changing environment of sustainable landscaping on their own, and are susceptible to failure. Graduates of the Core Concepts Workshop are able to provide the community with Site Assessments and Green Garden Coaching utilizing the G3 Watershed Wise Landscape criteria.
Likewise, city planning and policy-making personnel need to be able to rely upon the knowledge and experience of their local design and implementation professionals to reduce the burden of the ever-increasing ordinances and compliance issues regarding sustainable landscaping, low-impact development, urban greening, and urban watershed restoration. The Core Concepts Workshop curriculum specifically addresses the Water Budgeting and Low Impact Design (LID) Ordinances going into effect throughout the United States.
In 2013 we are planning Core Concepts Workshops in the following regions:
- Sacramento, CA (Fall 2013)
- Los Angeles, CA (April 5, 2013)
- Philadelphia, PA (Summer 2013)
- Central Coast (Santa Cruz/Monterey), CA (Fall 2013)
- Palm Desert, CA (Winter 2013)
If you would like to be notified when a course in your area has been scheduled or would like us to reserve a spot, please Email G3 CCW Interest.
People Are Talking About G3′s Core Concepts Workshop:
Teach Me Math? You’re joking! The WELO application is complex! G3 breaks it down into logical steps that I could follow. I was riveted and shocked by the presentation and left feeling passionate about our need to change our practices and influence others to do so as well. D. Ruskin., APLD, Landscape Designer – Palo Alto, CA
One of the most professionally taught workshops I have attended. G3 motivates and inspires you, and can effectively communicate what you need to know. T. Rau, Licensed Landscape Architect – Los Angeles, CA
G3 manages to make WELO, MAWA and ETo calculations fun and easy to grasp! Taking the (CCW) class was invaluable as topics span from how to feed soil microbes to the recharge of aquifers. Pamela is truly remarkable; with humor and passion she effortlessly teaches the concepts, the reality, the reasons why, as well as the practical knowledge of “How to do it”! L. Castner, Water Conservation Professional – Huntington, CA
Ms. Berstler is an enthusiastic teacher with a rare ability to keep audiences involved. As I told a colleague about G3′s Core Concepts Workshop, “this was basically every class we took for the first two years of our landscape architecture program at UW.” That’s an incredible feat and well worth the price of admission. J. Burke, Licensed Landscape Architect – Ventura, CA
I took the Core Concepts from G3 (in Orange County, 2012). The teacher was passionate, knowledgeable and made the technical information come alive. I’ll use the concepts in my California native plant landscape consulting practice to make better gardens for my clients. Susan K., California Native Plant Society – San Diego, CA
I took the G3 Core Concepts in Jan 2012. The teacher was relaxed, organized, insightful, extremely knowledgeable and fun. She managed to hold our interest through some very technical information. I especially enjoyed G3′s group participation techniques which helped us network with each other and keep us all on our feet. I left with a huge amount of very valuable information which I plan to share with my clients in my California friendly garden design business. Lee Ann M., Landscape Designer – Costa Mesa, CA
I had the pleasure to attend the G3 CCW and had a great experience. Not only was the information incredibly helpful for my professional developement, but the teacher was a very engaging speaker who holds your attention the whole way through. G. Goran, Educator & Environmental Activist – Huntington Beach, CA
G3 has an amazing ability to teach you how to see your local environment through a new lens. They help the audience foster a new sense of place and how to make the community more sustainable. D. Weinstein, Environmental Activist – Los Angeles, CA
I have had the pleasure of attending both the Watershed Basics Class and Core Concepts Workshop with G3. Both classes were as educational as they were entertaining. The teacher knows how to keep the class engaged and involved by creatively getting attendees to morph from spectators to participants through fun group activities both in the lecture hall as well as into the garden where we all want to be learning in a hands-on participatory environment. Tim M., Educator – Redondo Beach, CA
(The CCW) was super informative and fun to take part in such a revolutionary way to manage stormwater runoff, recharge aquifers, and filter contaminants in one fell swoop! The Ocean Friendly Gardens concept time has come, and we appreciate your promotion of the action! Surfers Without Borders – Santa Barbara, CA