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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

February 2, 2012

Sustainability Workshops for Professionals

What: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin is offering spring workshops for professionals who want to learn how to develop built landscapes that conserve water and provide other sustainable benefits.  
When: Feb. 27, March 26 and April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739. Directions are at www.wildflower.org/visit.
Background: For more than a decade, the Wildflower Center has been restoring native landscapes and assisting major corporations, homeowners and others in creating sustainable landscapes of all types. Drawing on their experience with projects such as the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas and AMD’s Lone Star campus in Austin and in creating the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ rating system, the center’s Ecosystem Design Group staff will guide contractors and design professionals through steps involved in designing, specifying, installing and maintaining a sustainable site.
The Monday workshops cover steps that include preparing a site for development by monitoring soil compaction and current vegetation and assessing the presence of harmful, invasive plant species (Feb. 27); selecting seed stock, composting and other site preparation steps (March 26); and ensuring the health of a developed site through proper irrigation, management of invasive species and other sustainable steps (April 23). Each workshop builds on the next, with an outdoor field component daily for hands-on learning. 
Registration: Interested professionals can pre-register online at a reduced rate through Thursday, Feb. 23, at: http://www.wildflower.org/edg_workshops_form/. Pre-registration costs are $145 per day or $400 for the series. Continuing education credits and a series-completion certificate will be available. For those registering on-site from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. the day of a workshop, the cost is $170 per day or $450 for the series. To learn more, contact Matthew O’Toole at motoole@wildflower.org, or 512-232-0134.

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