RainScapes Gazette for Landscape Professionals - Fall Edition 2011
Landscape Professionals RainScapes Gazette
Fall Edition 2011
IN THIS GAZETTE:
RainScapes Rewards Rebates New products for bioretention use in Montgomery County Montgomery County Green Business Certification for landscape-related businesses Training Opportunities (both in and out county) New books and websites of interest
RainScapes Rewards Rebates are now submitted via our online application process
RainScapes Rewards Rebates are fully funded for FY 2012 (fiscal year begins July 1 of each year). Designers can submit projects on behalf of clients but clients will be the ones to sign the property own agreements. Applications will be accepted throught November 15, 2011 and then resume being accepted Tuesday, January 3, 2012.
REMINDER: Rebates are only available for projects at addressesin the county that are NOT in the municipal boundaries of the Cities of Rockville, Gaithersburg, or Takoma Park. These jurisdictions hav etheir own stormwater permits and programs.
Montgomery County Green Business Certification for Landscape-Related businesses
The Green Business certification program has been working to develop a certification for landscape-related businesses. In order to do aid in the development of this certification, a survey has been created by Doug Weisburger, Manager of Montgomery County's Green Business Certification Program. A separate email will be sent out following this one, which will include more information and a link to this survey. Please take some time and complete the survey when you get this email.
RainScapes Program Overview (FREE)
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Location: Rockville Regional Library, 21 Maryland Avenue,
1st Floor Meeting Room
Metro Accessible, Public Parking Available (Metered)
An overview of all nine of the RainScapes techniques in the Rebate Program - this class will cover the amount of RainScapes' rebates, project requirements and the rebate application process.
RainScapes Rain Garden Installation Class (FREE)
(Must have attended Rain Garden Design Class or received approval to attend - registration is limited to 15 participants max)
Date: April/May (Registration for this class will be open in February)
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For this field day, you will participate in building a rain garden at a community site in Montgomery County. The hole will be pre-dug, but after a review of the rain garden design concepts for siting and sizing, the group will determine finish elevations, install the soil media, build the berm, plant the plants and mulch the garden. Another email with more details will be sent out when registration for this class opens.
District Department of the Environment (District of Columbia) Training for District Area Landscaping Contractors (FREE)
(TIME SENSITIVE - RSVP by Monday, October 31, 2011)
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Rain Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time: 1200 First Street, NE, Room 719, Washington, DC
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) will hold a free, one-day training for local landscape designers and installers who are interested in installing rain gardens and BayScapes throught the River Smart Homes Program. RiverSmart Homes offers Disctrict residents grants of up to $1,200 to implement conservation landscape practices with the goal of reducing stormwater runoff into our local streams and rivers.
For more information, contact Leah Lemoine at email@example.com or (202) 654-6131.
2011 Turning a New Leaf Conference - Save the Date!
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Registration is Open Now for the 2011 Turning a Leaf Conference (early registration through November 1, 2011) This is the bi-annual sustainable landscaping conference of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council. This year's conference will be in Lancaster, PA and has a terrific line-up of presentations. For more information and registration go to: http://www.chesapeakelandscape.org/
The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping council is a non-profit organization of landscape professionals dedicated to supporting landscape professionals to restore the Chesapeake Bay. http://www.chesapeakelandscape.org/
New books or websites of interest
Good Weed Bad Weed: Who's Who, What to Do, and Why Some Deserve a Second Chance (All You Need to Know about the Weeds in Your Yar) [Spiral bound] By Nancy Gift PH.D. ISBN-10: 0981961568 ISBN-13: 978-0-9819615-6-9 Publisher: St. Lynn's Press; Pittsburgh, PA, Feb 1, 2011
Good Bug Bad Bug: Who's Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically (All you need to know about the insects in your garden) [Spiral-bound] By Jessica Walliser (Author) ISBN-10: 0981961592 ISBN-13: 978-0981961590 Publisher: St. Lynn's Press, Second Edition, New edition, updated edition (May 1, 2011)
Have a wonderful Fall!
The RainScapes Staff