WELO and the New Normal for the California Landscape

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Thursday, June 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PDT

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The updated California Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) is now in effect throughout the state. This workshop covers an overview of the ordinance and submittal requirements. Attendees will hear from plan reviewers about what they look for in WELO submittals, as well as experts on water budgeting (Lori Palmquist), irrigation requirements (Christine Hawkins), planting strategies (Jennifer de Graaf) and compost specification (Ron Alexander).  The class will do a hands-on exercise to create a WELO-compliant design, including planting selection, hydrozoning, and water budget calculations. 

·         Date and time: November 30, 2016, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

·         Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco.

·         Cost:  free, advance registration required.

·         Two ways to participate:

o   In person: https://pge-web.ungerboeck.com/classcalendar/Details.aspx?OrgCode=10&EventId=16512


o   Webinar: https://pge-web.ungerboeck.com/classcalendar/Details.aspx?OrgCode=10&EventId=16513

The workshop will be a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, giving attendees a thorough understanding of what’s required by ordinance and how to comply with it. The workshop will be simulcast via the internet.

Speakers Include:

Ron Alexander – Principal, R. Alexander Associates, Inc.

Jennifer de Graaf, RLA – Principal, de Graaf Design Associates

Christine Hawkins – Specification Manager, Hunter Industries

Lori Palmquist, CID, CIC, CLIA, CLWM – Partner, WaterWonk

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Ryan Stroupe

For the past 19 years Ryan Stroupe has been the Building Performance Program Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center, a publicly-funded facility in San Francisco operated by Pacific Gas & Electric. He teaches classes and consults with building professionals on a variety of issues including energy audits, building commissioning, measurement tool ... Read More

Ron Alexander

Mr. Alexander is a horticulturist with over 30 years of experience working with compost and other organic recycled products. He is also the President of R. Alexander Associates, Inc., a consulting company specializing in product development for organic recycled products. Before becoming a consultant, Mr. Alexander was Vice President of ... Read More

Christine Hawkins

Christine Hawkins is a Specification Manager for Hunter Industries, a manufacturer of a full line of irrigation products. Christine's passion is teaching others about the green and landscape industry—particularly on best practices in horticulture, water management, and the irrigation industry. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in ... Read More

Jennifer De Graaf

Jennifer de Graaf, PLA, LEED AP, BFQP, has 20 years of professional experience in design and project management for a variety of project types, including parks, schools, hospitals, trail systems, streetscapes, historic properties, commercial housing, and estates and private residences. In addition to project work, she works as an instructor ... Read More

Lori Palmquist

Lori Palmquist, CID, CIC, CLIA, CLWM, is an irrigation expert who fell in love with irrigation about 15 years ago as a landscape contractor, and has been playing with water ever since. She has been a landscape professional for 27 years. She is a partner for WaterWonk, a company whose ... Read More

Kelly Schoonmaker

Kelly is a program manager at StopWaste (the Alameda County Waste Management Authority). She focuses on educating landscape professionals and home gardeners on the importance of soil health and the value of compost and mulch in creating high performance soils. She is an active board member of the California Organics ... Read More

Contact Info

Kelly Schoonmaker, KSchoonmaker@stopwaste.org