Green Certification Program for Lawn and Landscape Care Professionals
Thursday, July 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. - noon CDT
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The EPA has identified green certification and partnerships with the lawn and landscape care industry in MS4 communities as measurable goals. In response to this need, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is developing a certification program for lawn care and landscape management industry professionals. The goal of this program is two fold: 1. Educate lawn and landscape managers about the MS4 goals, best management practices to manage lawns and landscapes to benefit water quality, and alternative business models to reduce inputs while increasing profitability through marketing and additional services; and 2. Provide a venue for MS4 permit holders to address lawn and landscape care professionals in order to develop partnerships toward a common goal environmental stewardship. The certification program will be associated with the established Kentucky Certified Professional Turf Managers Training program and administrated by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. At present, this highly regarded program has a Level 1 and Level 2 training for industry professionals that focuses on understanding turfgrass establishment, management, diagnostics and professionalism. This proposed green certification program has been tentatively labeled Level 3. We are seeking MS4 permit managers input in the development process, specifically how we can tailor this program to address Minimum Control Measures 1 and 6. The first offering will be in Lexington, in early 2018, as a deliverable for a stormwater education grant from the Lexington Fayette County Urban Government. After improvements are made based on feedback from participants at the early 2018 training in Fayette County, the certification program will be available to all county CES offices with MS4s.
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