- Explore different aspects of sustainable landscape design and be able to discuss benefits and challenges of sustainability
Continuing education hours
Reading: 1.5 hours
Activity: Posting in Google+ Community: 0.5 hours
BONUS video: 0.5 hours
- Read two articles highlighting examples of sustainable landscape design. In this section, we’re focusing on primarily the environmental and economic aspects of sustainability. Here you also have a choice: you can either read at least two of the articles posted below or you can find two of your own. (Or you can do one of each!) are further down the page.
- Make sure to check out the on Sustainable Landscape Design in a Residential Setting by Ben Futa, Director of Allen Centennial Garden.
Why do these activities?
- We’re giving you the option of finding your own information so you can practice your research skills if you would like. Remember, searching for scientifically based, scholarly information is an important volunteering skill. If you haven’t done it for a while, now is a great time to practice.
- Practicing communicating scientifically supported information is one of the most important skills an MGV can develop. Posting and discussing with your classmates simulates what you do as volunteers dealing with the public.
Based on one of the articles you read, post a response including these three points:
- Name an example or aspect of sustainable landscaping and what aspect of sustainability it exemplifies.
- What is one positive aspect of this example or aspect of sustainability? Another way to think of this question is, Why is it good and for who and how?
- Explain a challenge related to this aspect of sustainable landscaping- you can think in big picture terms or be very specific!
Respond to at least one classmate’s post with an additional thought or comment.
- Depending on how many people have commented when you post, you may need to check back in a week or two- or a month or two! This is one of the challenges of doing online education, but we hope you enjoy the opportunity to interact with colleagues around the state. You also may not be able to complete Part Two immediately if not a lot of people have posted, so check back periodically until a post appears that you feel comfortable responding to.
- Your response will need to be more than 10 and under 150 words.
- Try to make sure that everyone has a response.
- You must do the post in Part 1 and the response in Part 2 to earn the half hour of continuing education for the activity.