Session 1: Climate Change & Biophilia: A New Model for Public Gardens
Are we treating the symptoms or the cause of climate change? Many of the strategies used to address climate change are short-term solutions focused on the symptoms, not the cause. This interactive session will host a team of experts exploring new strategies public gardens can use to address climate change at their institutions—particularly those that focus directly on the major cause of climate change, human behavior. By focusing on biophilia, and modeling effective and positive behaviors, gardens can positively impact transformative and lasting changes to address climate change.
Presenters: E.A. Kalnicky, R.V. Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; S. Bochart, Biophilic by Design LLC, Phoenix, Arizona.
This session has been approved for 1 LACES Credit Hour.
Session 2: Energy-Saving Trees
Public gardens have the capacity to have a positive influence on their community though interactions with their guests. The Energy-Saving Trees Program offers a platform for gardens to provide service to their communities by offering free trees, which help lower homeowners’ utility bills, enrich the community, and bring conscious, local stewardship that delivers global results. Emphasis will be placed on Rhode Island’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, and how this giveaway program can be replicated on the public-garden level, for positive community outreach and involvement.
Presenters: T.A. Boudreau, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Providence, Rhode Island.
Session 3: Aim for the Top: Multiply Positive Change via Targeted Neighborhood Authority Landscaping Education
More than half of the U.S. population lives in coastal areas, including estuarine shores, and the long-term viability of these regions depends on estuary beauty and biodiversity. While homeowners may want to implement environmentally friendly landscaping practices to minimize impact on their region’s watershed, many areas are dominated by neighborhood Homeowner Associations (HOA’s) with strict rules on what is acceptable. Learn how a public garden evolved its traditional programming to incentivize and change the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of HOA governing authorities regarding landscaping practices, with the ultimate goal of reducing neighborhood impact on the region’s sustainability.
Presenters: M. Steinwald, Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach, Florida