Using Compost to Create Sustainable Sites and Manage Storm Water and Soil Erosion
Healthy soil is the foundation of successful landscapes. Soil restoration is at the core of ASLA’s Sustainable Sites Initiative, because it is essential for water conservation, climate protection, storm water management, and human and wildlife habitat. Soil and site best practices (which include compost) are now required in California (e.g., Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance), and in an increasing number of Low Impact Development and storm water projects (e.g., bioretention soils). And they can save the savvy practitioner money and time on a variety of development projects, as well as assure long-term planting success.
11:00 – 11:30 – Registration (please arrive prior to 11:30 to register, get your lunch, and get seated to allow for the full hour for the presentation)
11:30 - 12:30 – Lunch (provided) and Technical presentation – 1 CEU will be offered
12:30 – 1:00 – Optional facility tour
Mr. Ron Alexander is a horticulturist and the President of R. Alexander Associates, Inc., a consulting company specializing in product development for organic recycled products. He has almost 35 years experience working with compost and organic recycled products. Early in his career, Mr. Alexander was the Vice President of Marketing for one of the first compost brokerage firms. Since becoming a consultant he has authored the ‘Field Guide to Compost Use’, ‘AASHTO Specifications for Compost Use in Erosion Control’, and ‘Landscape Architecture Specifications for Compost Utilization’. Mr. Alexander was also the co-manager of the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program (national compost testing program), and is the author of many State and national compost application specifications.
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