Get ready to transform your landscape! 

Let's take pride in our communities and create beautiful climate appropriate landscapes that make the most of the water we have in ALL our communities.

Together, leadership and implementation teams will get the necessary tools and strategies to transform landscapes.  Experts  speakers will discuss Success Stories, Strategies, Important Consideration, Funding Opportunities, Irrigation, Trees and Plant Material. Our Hands-On Service and Technology EXPO will feature businesses and organizations providing materials, resources and support to help in the transformation process. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Leaders from cities, counties, schools,  landscape professionals, facilities managers,  real estate property managers, contractors, architects, engineers, nursery professionals, master gardeners and all those that want to save water in style

CEU's are available for CCN, ISA, LEED, DPR, Planet, IA.


Thanks to support from the Local Government Commission, if you work in Fresno, Kern, Madera, Merced, Tulare or other drought effected counties outside USGBC Central California's service region we are able to subsidize your registration fee. The Local Government Commission will send you an email with information on their program and to partially refund your ticket after registration.


Morning Program

07:30 Registration and Breakfast

08:00 Welcome   Tommy Esqueda, Director of Public Utilities, City of Fresno

08:15  Community Transformation Goals Tony Ferrera, City of Arroyo Grande, America in Bloom

09:30 Community Transformation Example   Wendy Proud, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, AZ

10:45  Break and Hands-On EXPO

11:00 Local Case Study   Dave Bigler, Dave Bigler Associates

11:45  Funding Opportunities  Brian Kempf, Urban Tree Foundation

12:15  Lunch and Hands-On EXPO

Afternoon program

Irrigation Track

01:00-04:00   Drip Systems: Mitigating Water & Pesticide Runoff  Dave Fujino, UC Davis ; Jim Bornemann, Ewing; Manny Castro, Combined Indoor and Hands-On Outdoor Presentation Landscape Products

            • Understanding precipitation rates to mitigate water and pesticide runoff
            • Improving irrigation layout to reduce water use
            • Programming irrigation controllers to reduce and manage water use
            • Calculating application rates for reducing runoff or deep percolation
            • Understanding water meters to improve efficiency
            • Caring for low water use landscapes
            • Irrigation Management for mature trees
Tree Track

01:00 Tree Pests and Diseases in Central California John Pape, Fresno State

02:00 Structural Pruning of Shade Trees Brian Kempf, Urban Tree Foundation

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Support the Effort to bring renowned experts on climate appropriate landscaping and landscaping transformation to the Central Valley

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