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Yards and Neighborhoods Programs: Stories from Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee (recorded on 1-18-2011)

Yards and Neighborhoods Programs: stories from Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Presenters from Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee discussed successes and challenges facing the Yards and Neighborhoods programs in their states. Key components of the programs were presented, and approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of individual components were discussed.

Note: The webinar was recorded on January 18, 2011.


Presentations and Webinar Materials:

Recording:


The webinar was recorded using Elluminate Live! on-line collaborative environment. We apologize for the poor sound quality of the first presentation (about Florida Friendly LandscapingTM program).

You can use the sliding bar at the very bottom of your screen to scroll to the recording portion related to a specific program:

  • Florida Friendly LandscapingTM – the seventh mark on the sliding bar (time indicator at the bottom right corner will report "In session for 2 hours and 12 minutes")
  • The Carolina Yard – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 2 hours and 32 minutes"
  • Tennessee Yards & Neighborhoods – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 2 hours and 54 minutes"
  • Webinar conclusion – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 3 hours and 17 minutes"

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Additional Materials

Florida Friendly LandscapingTM

Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. There are three components of the program:

1) The Homeowner program

2) The Builder and Developer program

3) The Green Industry Best Management Practices

Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM website

The 9 Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Principles

The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook

Guide to Plant Selection and Landscape Design

Clemson Cooperative Extension Programs

Clemson University implements a variety of programs developed to inform and educate communities about water quality, water quantity, and the cumulative effects of stormwater.

Carolina Clear comprehensive approach

The Carolina Yard and Neighborhood

Home & Garden Information Center

Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods

Tennessee Yards & Neighborhoods (TYN) is a University of Tennessee program in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority that advises residents on how to maintain a beautiful, hardier landscape while conserving and protecting the water supply. We work with individuals and neighborhood associations, developers, contractors, and landscapers to improve landscaping practices so that topsoil, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants do not wash into the streams.

Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods web page

The Tennessee Yardstick Workbook

A Better Yard

Water-Efficient Irrigation Technologies: Florida, North Carolina, and Oklahoma extension programs (recorded on 2-8-2011)

Water-Efficient Irrigation Technologies: Florida, North Carolina, and Oklahoma extension programs

The webinar focused on the extension programs developed to encourage the use of more efficient irrigation technologies. Rain sensors, soil and moisture irrigation controllers, and other smart water application technologies were discussed. Challenges faced by the extension personnel in promoting these technologies were examined, and the approaches to overcome these challenges were presented. We also discussed water savings evaluation results achieved through implementation of smart irrigation technologies. The webinar concluded with a question-and-answer session.

Note: The webinar was recorded on February 8, 2011.

Presentations and Webinar Materials:

    • Simple Irrigation Measurement (.pdf, 0.8 MB)
      By Justin Moss, Ph.D., Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University, and John Haase, Rogers County, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service


Recording:


The webinar was recorded using Elluminate Live!on-line collaborative environment. In Elluminate, you can use the sliding bar at the very bottom of your screen to scroll to the recording portion related to a specific program:

  • Simple Irrigation Measurement (Oklahoma) – the seventh mark on the sliding bar (time indicator at the bottom right corner will report "In session for 1 hours and 16 minutes")
  • Extension Efforts in Adopting Water Efficient Irrigation Technologies in North Carolina – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 1 hours and 39 minutes"
  • Extension Education on Irrigation Efficiency and Smart Irrigation Controllers (Florida) – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 2 hours"

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Additional Resources:

4-H and Water: how to empower youth to protect water resources (recorded on 2-15-2011)

4H and Water: how to empower youth to protect water resources

The webinar presented three youth educational programs: 4-H20 Replenish Project (Georgia Cooperative Extension), 4-H2O Ambassador Program (Southern Region), and Junior Master Gardener Program (National program).

Note: The webinar was recorded on February 15, 2011.

Presentations and Webinar Materials:

Webinar Recording:

The webinar was recorded using Elluminate Live! on-line collaborative environment. In Elluminate, you can use the sliding bar at the very bottom of your screen to scroll to the specific presentation:

  • Southern Region 4-H2O Ambassador Program – the eighth mark on the sliding bar (time indicator at the bottom right corner will report "In session for 4 hours and 8 minutes")
  • 4-H20 Replenish Project (Georgia) – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 4 hours and 28 minutes"
  • National Junior Master Gardener Program – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 4 hours and 57 minutes"
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Additional Resources:

Southern Region 4-H2O Ambassadors Program

The Southern Region 4-H2O Ambassador Program addresses key concepts related to watershed to educate and empower youth and to conserve and protect our water resources. The program is coordinated by Ms. Ashley Osborne, University of Kentucky

Additional Information:

Southern Region 4-H2O Ambassadors Program

4-H2O Ambassadors on YouTube

4-H2O Ambassadors Program – Brochure

Junior Master Gardener Program

Junior Master Gardener (JMG) is an international youth gardening program of the University Extension network. Program's mission is to grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education.

Additional Information:

Junior Master Gardener Home

Junior Master Gardener – Curricula

2011 National JMG(R) Specialist Training

Coca-Cola 4-H20 Replenish Project

In late June 2009, Georgia 4-H was named one of four states in the country to receive the Coca-Cola Foundation 4-H20 Replenish Project Grant from National 4-H Council. Georgia has moved forward with its plan to involve ten counties and all five 4-H centers in this statewide water conservation program.
Georgia 4-H Participation (as of June 2010 and counting): 49,313 participants (2,303,808 gallons of water saved).

Additional Information:

Georgia 4H: Coca-Cola 4-H20 Replenish Project

National 4-H Council: 4-H2Online

Georgia 4-H

Rainwater Harvesting and Water Reuse: state specialists' and county agents' perspectives (recorded on 3-1-2011)

Rainwater Harvesting and Water Re-use: state specialists' and county agents' perspectives

Three presenters spoke about the opportunities and challenges for using reclaimed and harvested rainwater in residential sector.

Note: The webinar was recorded on March 1, 2011.

Presentations and Webinar Materials:

Recording:


The webinar was recorded using Elluminate Live!on-line collaborative environment. Once Elluminate is launched (see the link below), you can use the sliding bar at the very bottom of your screen to scroll to the specific program:
  • American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association – the seventh mark on the sliding bar (time indicator at the bottom right corner will report "In session for 4 hours and 27 minutes")
  • Reclaimed Water Use (Florida) – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 4 hours and 43 minutes"
  • Pasco County's Purple Plan for Purple Rain (Florida) – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 5 hours and 5 minutes"
  • Q&A – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 5 hours and 23 minutes (the last mark on the sliding bar)"
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Additional Resources:

Recommendations by the Webinar Participants:

Rain Water Harvesting

AL: Make a Rain Barrel

CT: Rainfall as a Resource

FL: Rainwater Harvesting with Cisterns

FL: Cisterns (UF/IFAS)

FL: Cisterns / Rain Barrels (UF/PREC)

FL: How to Build a Rain Barrel (UF/IFAS)

FL: Rain Barrels (SWFWMD)

GA: Georgia Rainwater Harvesting Guidelines

NC: Rainwater Harvesting (NCSU)

NC: Rainwater Harvester Design Model

NC: Guidance for Homeowners

NC: Choosing a Pump NC: Water Quality of Rooftop Runoff OK: Constructing a Rain Barrel (video), I and II

SC: Build Your Own Rain Barrel Manual

TX: Rainwater Harvesting Publications

TX: The Texas Manual on RW Harvesting

TX: TCEQ Guidance for Pub. Water Systems

VA: Rainwater Harvesting Manual

VA: VA DCR – Rainwater Harvesting

Household Behavior and Homeowner Education Strategies (recorded on 3-22-2011)

Household Behavior and Homeowner Education Strategies

This webinar focused on the use of three specific tools — community-based social marketing, water rates, and self-audits — to encourage water conservation.

Note: The webinar was recorded on March 22, 2011.

Presentations and Webinar Materials:

Recording:

Click here to launch the recorded webinar .
(If you prefer to listen to audio only using Windows Media Player, the recording is available here.)
If you are experiencing technical difficulty, click here or contact us.

The webinar was recorded using Elluminate Live! on-line collaborative environment. Once Elluminate is launched (see the link below), you can use the sliding bar at the very bottom of your screen to scroll to the specific program:

  • Conservation Water Rates – the fifth mark on the sliding bar (time indicator at the bottom right corner will report "In session for 1 hours and 35 minutes")
  • Review of Social Marketing as Applied to Water Conservation Behaviors – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 1 hours and 47 minutes"
  • An Interactive Online Education Tool: The 40 Gallon Challenge! – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 2 hours and 22 minutes"

Additional Resources:

    • Conservation pricing
    • The presentation presented a general overview of the questions frequently asked by extension agents and the public: What is the true value of water? What is the most important motivator for the majority of homeowners? What are some of the general approaches to evaluating educational programs?

The 40 Gallon Challenge
      by completing a home water audit. The self-audit checklist (
Challenge card
Water and Energy: can we conserve both? (recorded on 4-12-2011)

Water and Energy: can we conserve both?

Household water use decisions have direct implications for the energy use in water production. This webinar discussed the methodology for estimating greenhouse gas emissions associated with water production, and presented estimates of reduced electrical use resulting from homeowners' water conservation. The webinar concluded with a question-and-answer session.

Note: The webinar was recorded on April 12, 2011.

Topics Discussed:

Energy — Water Connections: an overview

Presenter: Paul W. Lander, PhD, ASLA, LEED AP (bio)

Presentation is available here (.pdf, 0.6 MB). The list of references used in the presentation is available here (.pdf, 0.5 MB).

Water and Energy: can we conserve both? The view from the water supply side

By David Bracciano, Demand Management Coordinator, Tampa Bay Water, Florida (bio)

Presentation is available here (.pdf, 1.2 MB)

The presentation focused on how water conservation and efficiency fits in with water supply development and use (from a regional perspective).

Energy and Carbon Costs of Water Supply: a case study of Tampa Bay Water

By: Jennison Kipp, Resource Economist and Project Manager, Program for Resource Efficient Communities, University of Florida (bio)

Presentation is available here (.pdf, 2.1 MB)

The energy and carbon costs of Tampa Bay Water's blended supply system were evaluated, and the results were applied to better understand the benefits associated with water conservation via demand side management, landscape management, and land use planning.

Recording:

      The webinar recording is available in the following formats:
    • Audio recording with complimentary presentations
      You can listen to audio only recording using Windows Media Player by clicking here. Complementary set of presentations is available here (.pdf, 2.3 MB).
    • Elluminate Live! on-line collaborative environment
      Elluminate Live! recording is available here.

      You can use the sliding bar at the very bottom of your screen to scroll to the recording portion related to a specific program:
      • Energy — Water Connections: an overview
        The third mark on the sliding bar (time indicator at the bottom right corner will report "In session for 2 hours and 23 minutes")
      • Water and Energy: can we conserve both? The view from the water supply side
        Scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 2 hours and 44 minutes"
      • Energy and Carbon Costs of Water Supply: a case study of Tampa Bay Water
        Scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 3 hours and 15 minutes"
    • Narrated presentation. Narrated presentation is available upon request. Contact Tatiana Borisova tborisova@ufl.edu
Water conservation for developers – 101 (recorded on 4-26-2011)

Water conservation for developers – 101

Population increase and new real estate development largely determine the water use and stormwater runoff trends in southern states. Can extension programs make a difference in planning of new subdivisions? How can extension programs be designed to target such audiences as planners and developers? And what types of information will these audiences need? These are some of the questions that were discussed in this webinar.

Note: The webinar was recorded on April 26, 2011.

Topics Discussed:

A Florida Perspective on Water Conservation for Developers – 101

Presenter: Pierce Jones, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Program for Resource Efficient Communities, University of Florida (bio)

Dr. Jones discussed the potential impacts of urban development on Florida water resources. He also presented a specific case study, the master plan for the community of Restoration. The changes to the master plan allowed for significant annual reduction in water use for landscape irrigation with corresponding cost and energy savings.

To access the presentation slides, click here (.pdf, 2.7 MB)

Water Conservation and Stormwater Management for Developers: extension programs in Oklahoma

Presenter: Jason Vogel, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor and Extension Stormwater Specialist, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University (bio)

Dr. Vogel discussed the methods used by Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service to reach new target audiences: development consultants, planners, designers, engineers. These methods include workshops, demonstration sites, and on-line resources (including the atlas of low impact development sites).

To access the presentation slides, click here (.pdf, 2.5 MB)

Sustainable Urban Water Systems: Diversity, Adaptation, Resilience

Presenter: Paul W. Lander, PhD, ASLA, LEED AP; Principal, Dakota Ridge Partnership; Lecturer, University of Colorado (bio)

Dr. Lander presented an overview of the opportunities available for developers to better serve their customers and reduce resource impacts through water conservation.

To access the presentation slides, click here (.pdf, 1.4 MB)

Additional Resources (.pdf)

Recording:

    The webinar recording is available in the following formats:
  • Audio recording with complimentary presentations.
    You can listen to audio only recording using Windows Media Player by clicking here. Complementary set of presentations is available here (.pdf, 5.7 MB).
  • Elluminate Live! on-line collaborative environment.
    Elluminate Live! recording is available here.
  • Narrated presentations.
    Narrated webinar presentations are available upon request. Contact Tatiana Borisova tborisova@ufl.edu

Question and Answer Session:

Responses to the questions received during the webinar are available here (.pdf) .

Turf Management: best management practices and regulations (recorded on 5-3-2011)

Turfgrass Best Management Practices

This webinar focused on best management practices for residential turfgrass and testing irrigation water quality.

Note: The webinar was recorded on May 3, 2011.

Topics Discussed*:

Use of Drought Resistant Bermudagrass Cultivars for Landscape Water Conservation in Oklahoma

Dr. Justin Moss discussed the research and extension programs aimed at increasing the use of more drought resistant turfgrass cultivars in Oklahoma.

Dr. Moss's presentation is available here (.pdf, 0.9 MB).

Testing Irrigation Water Quality

Dr. Dara Park presented an overview of extension programs focused on turfgrass management in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. She discussed the increasing reliance on lower quality water for irrigation (due to increased pressure on potable water sources). Dr. Park also described the common components in irrigation water, and tests to determine irrigation water quality.

Dr. Park's presentation is available here (.pdf, 1.3 MB).

Turfgrass Best Management Practices in Florida

Dr. Laurie E. Trenholm presented an overview of best management practices (BMPs) for turfgrass in Florida. She also discussed GI-BMP training program conducted by the University of Florida to train and certify landscape professionals.

Dr. Trenholm's presentation is available here (.pdf, 0.8 MB).

*Note: Clean Streams Program for environmentally responsible turfgrass professionals (North Carolina) was presented as a part of the webinar about Evaluation of water conservation programs

Recording:

        The webinar recording is available in the following formats:
      • Audio recording with complimentary presentations
        You can listen to audio only recording using Windows Media Player by clicking here. Complementary set of presentations is available here (.pdf, 3.5 MB).
      • Elluminate Live! on-line collaborative environment
        Elluminate Live! recording is available here.
      • Narrated presentations
        Narrated presentations are available upon request. Contact Tatiana Borisova at tborisova@ufl.edu

Question and Answer Session:

Responses to the question about the nutrient requirements for bermudagrass are available here (.pdf). Please refer to the webinar recording for the additional questions discussed during the webinar.

Evaluation of a Water Conservation Program: is there a "silver bullet"? (recorded on 5-10-2011)

Evaluation of a Water Conservation Program: is there a "silver bullet"?

This session started with a presentation about an extension program developed in North Carolina to train turfgrass professionals (for more information about the turfgrass best management practices, see Turf Management webinar).

Next, an overview of different strategies that can be used to encourage residential water conservation was presented. Estimates of the effectiveness of the alternative strategies were discussed.

Note: The webinar was recorded on May 10, 2011.

Topics:

Clean Streams Program for Environmentally Responsible Turfgrass Professionals

By Wendi Hartup, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County, North Carolina (bio).

Clean Streams is a collaborative program effort between the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, North Carolina. This program trains green industry professionals to identify ways their daily work routine can impact water quality. Once participants complete training by passing an exam, their company is marketed via the City of Winston-Salem website and through local city-sponsored advertisements.

Ms. Hartup's presentation is available here (.pdf, 2.3 MB).

Adoption of Water Conservation Tools in the Southern United States

Presenter: Damian Adams, Ph.D., School of Forest Resources and Conservation / Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida (bio)

Dr. Adams presented the results of a residential household survey conducted in Oklahoma. Based on the survey results, high costs and lack of information were major barriers to households adopting new conservation alternatives. Respondents' perceptions about their water utility's efforts on water conservation had a significant influence over whether the respondent adopts any water conservation tools or not.

Dr. Adams's presentation is available here (.pdf, 1.8 MB).

Overview of the Conserve Florida Water Clearinghouse and EZ Guide Water Conservation Model

Presenter: James Heaney, Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida (bio)

Conserve Florida was established to provide information and tools to assist in the development of utility-specific, goal-based water conservation programs. Through this effort, a water conservation clearinghouse was established, and EZ Guide was developed. EZ Guide is a web-based water savings calculator designed to offer decision support information to water utilities.

Dr. Heaney's presentation is available here (.pdf, 1.0 MB).

Webinar Recording:

    The webinar recording is available in the following formats:
  • Audio recording with complimentary presentations
    You can listen to audio only recording using Windows Media Player by clicking here. Complementary set of presentations is available here (.pdf, 3.8 MB).
  • Elluminate Live! on-line collaborative environment<>br Elluminate Live! recording is available here.
  • Narrated presentations
    Narrated presentations are available upon request. Contact Tatiana Borisova at tborisova@ufl.edu