Spring Green Expo - April 28, 2016
Spring Green Expo - April 28, 2016
Spring Green Expo 2016 - Seminars



9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m., Room 2-145

Don’t Waste Those Food Scraps, Feed Your Plants

Learn how easy and fun it can be to make your own compost from vegetable scraps, leaves and other organic materials. Compost provides valuable nutrients for your garden soil, helps retain moisture which saves water, suppresses weeds, prevents soil erosion, and loosens clay and compacted soils for better drainage and water retention. Vermicomposting, composting with worms, will also be discussed and displayed.

Guest Speaker: Debby Figoni

Debby Figoni has been working in the environmental field for both public and private agencies for several decades! Over the years, she has enthusiastically educated thousands of residents about sustainable landscaping through various water wise landscaping presentations. She is a Master Gardener and an avid do-it-yourself gardener. Her prior half acre home won an award for the year-round blooming drought tolerant landscape, which used 40%-60% less water than any of her neighbors. After years of spearheading water conservation programs for the City of South Pasadena, she recently took on an exciting, new challenge working for the City of Beverly Hills. Debby’s favorite hobby, past time and/or exercise activity is gardening. She gets extreme pleasure watching her water wise plants grow, bloom, and thrive, and thoroughly enjoys helping others create their own water wise wonderlands.

Seminar Registration

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m., Room 2-456

Rain Gardens: Water-Wise Investments in Our Future

Listen to a thought-provoking talk on the future of our water supplies. As a semi-arid Mediterranean climate, Southern California is subject to drought and the magnifying effects of climate change. The Bay Foundation will be sharing information about their Watershed Program, which aims to determine the environmental and economic benefi ts of rain gardens.

Guest Speaker: Rod Abbott

As the Watershed Programs Coordinator for The Bay Foundation, Rod Abbott leads and coordinates water conservation, rainwater harvesting, scientific monitoring, and outreach programs. His diverse interests allow for successful implementation of projects ranging from stream and dune restorations to developing a nation-wide volunteer and student internship program. Additionally, since 2013, he has been an integral part of working towards the state-wide standardization of scientific wetland monitoring that includes the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, the Malibu Lagoon State Park, and the Los Cerritos Wetlands. Besides managing the Metropolitan Water District’s Innovation Conservation Program grant, he led a highly successful LADWP Outreach Grant that produced an award winning public service announcement and reached millions with energy and water conservation tools and incentives.

Seminar Registration

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m., Room 2-145

Untap Your Graywater Potential

Have you ever thought about diverting used sink water to water your yard? Laura Allen is an expert on graywater and the founding member of Graywater Action. As author of the San Francisco Graywater Design Guidelines for Outdoor Irrigation, Allen will share her tips on conserving water and saving money with effective and inexpensive graywater solutions.

Guest Speaker: Laura Allen

Laura Allen is a founding member of Graywater Action and has spent the past 15 years exploring low-tech, urban,sustainable water solutions. She is the lead author of the San Francisco Graywater Design Guidelines for Outdoor Irrigation, and authored The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape (Storey Press, 2015). She has a BA in environmental science, a teaching credential, and a master’s degree in education. Laura leads classes and workshops on rainwater harvesting, graywater reuse, and composting toilets. Laura has presented widely on graywater reuse, including at the Water Smart Innovations Conference, Bioneers, California Environmental Health Association conference, and California Landscape Contractors Association conference. She’s participated in state graywater code developments in California and Washington State and was on a committee to write a draft composting toilet code for IAPMO. Laura was featured in an Ask This Old House episode on graywater and was the 2014 recipient of the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award of Water Champion.

Seminar Registration

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