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Carbon Sequestration in the Landscape Series–#4 Act Local to Mitigate Climate Change
Monday, January 11, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT
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Carbon Sequestration in the Landscape Series
#4 Act Local to Mitigate Climate Change 
January 11, 2021 12-1pm | REGISTER HERE 
Historically, landscape planning and design have often focused primarily on economic and social needs rather than reflecting local ecology and culture. New construction can remove existing mature vegetation, releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere, utilize materials sourced and/or manufactured from great distances, adding to fossil fuel consumption, and ignore the needs and benefits of protecting local flora and fauna. Understanding a project’s site and regional setting, including the watershed, climate, exposure, soils, and native plant communities, can provide valuable information to guide the design and maintenance of a regenerative landscape, at any scale. A landscape that responds to these local and regional attributes can reduce fossil fuel inputs and help to mitigate climate change.  
About the Climate Change 8 Principles Webinar Speaker Series: 
ReScape and PG&E are partnering to offer eight Speaker Series webinars about landscaping practices that address climate change, with a focus on carbon sequestration.  This Speaker Series is a part of ReScape’s Climate Change Consortium Demonstration Projects to educate about climate change landscaping challenges and the solutions available using regenerative practices. 

The webinars will provide information about reducing emissions and creating resilient landscapes. Up to 30% of urban water use goes to landscaping. We know that climate change will continue to stress water supplies throughout California and the US. Conventional landscape construction and maintenance practices contribute to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and air pollution.

Regenerative design install and maintenance of a landscape can help save energy and water. Sustainably well-designed landscapes not only add beauty to the environment, but also reduce heating and cooling costs. Awareness of the right drought-resistant plants located in the right location- trees, shrubs, or vines- deliver effective shade and cooling, decrease water usage, act as a windbreak, and reduce energy bills. Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses.

Topics are based on ReScape’s 8 Principles and will provide an overview of the problem and the solution vis-à-vis the Principles. There will be hands-on tips and best practices for sequestering carbon, reducing emissions, saving water and creating resilient landscapes; and include actionable steps with references to science-based data and additional resources. Speakers are professionals, scientists and other experts.