News & Updates
August 1, 2019
ReScape Board News: Sacramento Region
Summer Happenings in the Sacramento Region!
Message from Sarah Sutton- President, ReScape Board of Directors
As a part our merger with EcoLandscape California in 2017, we continue to build partnerships, offer trainings and provide outreach and educational opportunities for professionals, agencies and the general public, including our ongoing WaterSmart lecture series. We look forward to meeting our members in the Fall in the Sacramento Region at upcoming events where we will be sharing the latest news and information on the most important landscape related topics and issues of today.
Speaker Event: Join us on 22 August at McKinley Park for our Summer Speaker Series event, with a special encore lunchtime presentation, Healthy Soil Sequesters Carbon. This panel presentation by experts in the field will include Soil Scientist, Will Bakx from Renewable Sonoma and Pamela Conrad, Principal Landscape Architect from CMG presenting her landscape carbon calculator.
Training Updates: We continue to update our materials and website. As a part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best practices and technical guidance for regenerative landscapes, we have completely retooled our Design and Maintenance Qualification Trainings (DQT/MQT) to better address the specific needs of professionals working in the civic, commercial and industrial markets, in addition to single- and multi-family residential projects. The trainings, based upon our 8 Regenerative Principles, provide professionals with the science as well as real-world examples and case studies. They also serve as a prerequisite for the ReScape Rater Trainings, which will support the growing interest by public agencies and others for Rated Landscapes statewide. We will be offering a Rater Training this fiscal year, so let us know if you are interested in getting on the list.
We have also started to update our Rated Landscape Program. A signature program and the foundation of all our work, we have 81 rated landscapes to date and over 20 more in process. The requirement to have new and renovated landscapes Rescape Rated is written into numerous Bay Area city and county ordinances and permitting processes. In 2019-20 we are adding Sacramento landscapes to our list. And it is the foundation of the work of the Climate Change Consortium. Incorporating ReScape practices in the design, construction and management of landscapes can provide many benefits, including 50%–90% water savings compared to an existing conventional landscape, 30–70% maintenance labor savings, 85–95% weed suppression without toxic chemicals, 70–80% reduced runoff, 117 metric tons/acre greenhouse gas reduction equal to taking 22 cars off the road for a year.
Climate Change Consortium: As noted in previous newsletters, we have added an 8th Principle to our core practices, Sequester Carbon. We will be addressing and monitoring this principle in our Climate Change Consortium Demonstration Projects over the next 10 years through 2030 in alignment with the UN IPCC calendar to limit climate change catastrophe. The Climate Change Consortium, officially launching in Fall 2019 specifically addresses our landscaping regenerative principles in relation to finding viable solutions to climate change. We have begun discussions with and are bringing together a broad spectrum of professionals, research scientists, organizations, agencies and community groups to define and implement a range of demonstration projects, based upon our 8 Principles, to collect data and track results, especially regarding carbon sequestration and reducing our industry’s impact upon climate change. We want robust representation from our Sacramento Community. If you or your agency/organization/company would like to participate and contribute to the Consortium, please give me a call or send an email to set up a time to meet and discuss how we can partner. This is a huge and most necessary undertaking and it will take all our collective and coordinated efforts to achieve the critical target to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).