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Green Gardener Graduates Need To Complete Steps #2, #3, & #4
To Be Listed on the EcoLandscaperô Professional Referral List

EcoLandscapers are landscape professionals who are graduates of the River-Friendly Landscaping Green Gardener Training Program and have agreed to the Code of Ethics & Standards of Professionalism.

The following documents provide information about the EcoLandscaper Program and the requirements for "new"
EcoLandscaper's to be listed on the EcoLandscaper Professional Referral List.

    1. Read and download your copy of the Code of Ethics Introduction Letter.
        Introduction to the EcoLandscaper Program Letter
- February 2015 - pdf

   2. Code of Ethics and Standards of Professionalism Document - pdf. (to be signed) Scan and email or mail copies
       of this signed (2 signature pages) document along with copies of your business license and additional qualifications (licenses, certificates, etc.)
       to EcoLandscape California (ELC).

   3. Become a 2017 "EcoLandscaper Member" by selecting the "Members" drop down in the menu at the top of the
       page, then select "Join".

   4. Complete the online EcoLandscaper Referral List Information Form.
Read below and click on link to actual online information form.
       This form provides ELC with the information needed to promote you and your business on the EcoLandscaper Referral List.

   5. ELR Information & Renewal Requirements Chart  - Fillable pdf
  This chart provides an overview for tracking purposes of the basic        requirements and when they are due during the two year renewal cycle to keep current as an EcoLandscaper.

    6. EcoLandscaper Active Participation Report Form - Fillable pdf  (APR Form). Download and digitally or manually complete this
       report form and email a copy documenting completion of the 12 unit Active Participation Requirement annually and email or mail any additional
       licenses and certificates to ELC during the month of January following the Dec. 31 end of the two-year renewal cycle. 
       (badges will be listed & updated on the EcoLandscaper Professional Referral List in January/February).

* Tip: Download and rename fillable forms before attempting to fill-in information.

  Please direct any questions to:  
  Thank you, the EcoLandscaper Ethics and Standards Committee

Sample Information pop-up box  
    Email scanned documents to:

     - or -

     Mail copies of documents to:

     EcoLandscape California - attn. EcoLandscaper
     P.O. Box 162578  Sacramento, CA 95816

EcoLandscaper™ Professional Referral List
(was the Qualified Green Gardener Referral List)
To complete the EcoLandscaper Information
Form, please click

Before you start: You will need names and
dates of your licenses and certificates,
as well as a short description of your business!

(No more than 75 words - You can copy and paste
your description into the form from a word document.
(word docs give you a word count)

Questions? email:


EcoLandscapers have committed to developing advanced skills through approved continuing education
and following principles that further develop their landscape and business skills.

Active participation as an EcoLandscaper entails fulfilling the following 12-unit annual requirement

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Need to complete - minimum of 4 units per year (earned hour-for-hour for in-person training, one (1) unit earned for on-line courses) in at least 2 topic areas per year, covering 4 topic areas in 2 years.
Participate as a student or an instructor in educational programs provided through EcoLandscape California or recognized affiliate organizations.

The BADGES below represent these areas of Advanced Education that EcoLandscapers can choose to complete.

     Right Plant, Right Place, Wildlife Habitats, Pruning, and Less to the Landfill

 Soil Health, Fertilizer, Mulch and Compost

      Water Efficiency, Turf and Landscape Management
   Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
       Business Management, Development, and Marketing

Meetings: Need to complete - 1-3 units per year  (earning 1 unit per meeting) can apply towards the 12-unit annual requirement.
Attend EcoLandscape California meetings and/or assist in committee activities on a monthly basis. One (1) unit will be awarded for each meeting and a maximum of 3 units (3 meetings) may be applied towards the annual unit requirement. Monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month and are posted on the EcoLandscape California Calendar.

Volunteerism: Need to complete - minimun of 4 units per year (earned hour-for-hour) to apply towards the 12-unit annual requirement.
Participate, on behalf of EcoLandscape California, in events such as Sacramento County Master Gardeners’ Harvest Day, Greener Gardens Tours, EcoLandscape California Conference, and various other professional and public outreach events.

EcoLandscape Approved Presenter: 2 units can apply towards the 12-unit annual requirement. (optional, not required)
Present the approved River-Friendly Landscaping Principles presentation to garden clubs, schools, Homeowner Associations (HOAs), community groups, etc. An EcoLandscaper must be approved as an instructor by EcoLandscape California and utilize approved material for a presentation. 2 units per presentation will be awarded. This includes preparation time for a 30- minute to 1-hour presentation.

More about Continuing Education and the Badges:
Badges will be displayed with your qualifications on the Business Referral List. Continuing education must be pursued in a
minimum of 2 topic areas, which need to be attained on an annual basis.

Educational opportunities offered by EcoLandscape California and opportunities from recognized professional organizations and industries will be posted on the EcoLandscape California Calendar. At this time, trainings from the following affiliate organizations can satisfy EcoLandscape California requirements if they are consistent with the Green Gardener topic areas and Seven Principles of River-Friendly Landscaping:

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition Irrigation Association’s Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor Courses
California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
California School of Garden Design Regional Water Authority (RWA)
Ewing Irrigation Oregon Tilth Organic Land Care Training (OLC)
Gaia College University of California Integrated Pest Management Project (UCIPM)
Hunter Industries University of California Master Gardeners
To receive CEU credit for educational opportunities offered by organizations and industries other than those listed above, the training must be provided by a program or entity that has been awarded CEUs.

Right Plant, Right Place, Wildlife Habitats, Pruning, and Less to the Landfill
Landscape locally and create and protect wildlife habitats to help keep landscapes healthy. Landscaping in harmony with
the natural conditions of our river watersheds. Landscapes for less to the landfill by less pruning, reducing waste and
              recycling materials.

‘Right Plant, Right Place’ is a philosophy that addresses looking at the whole picture when choosing the right plants for a site. Subject matter within this umbrella addresses the following:
1) Choosing plants that are suited to the climatic conditions that will be present (sun exposure, water needs, mature size, etc).
2) Plants that create biodiversity and create much needed wildlife habitat for migratory birds, beneficial insects, other wildlife, and our families.
3) Encourages low water and native plants that are suitable to the drought conditions that are the new norm of California landscapes.
4) Encourages plantings that respect their mature size and limits the amount of waste that goes to landfills. 
5) Knowing what plants are invasive, appropriate alternatives, and treatment methods to address problematic sites.

Soil Health, Fertilizer, Mulch and Compost
Nurturing healthy soils while reducing fertilizer use.

Soils are living ecosystems and when landscape practices allow the soil food web to thrive it can filter pollution, store water, provide plant nutrients, and help plants resist pests naturally.
This topic area focuses on building healthy soil by using compost, mulch, and grasscycling. 
It also includes addressing soil health through the use of natural or organic fertilizers and limiting chemical inputs that pollute the environment.

Water Efficiency, Turf and Landscape Management
Water practices that take us beyond the drought.

The ‘New California Landscape™, acknowledges water as a critical resource that is in short supply. Utilizing this resource in the most efficient manner possible is our greatest tool in the landscape industry and is a necessity for the industry as a whole if we are to continue our professional practices.  This topic area addresses:
1) Reducing stormwater runoff.
2) Using stormwater, greywater and recycled water in the landscape as much as possible.
3) Being proficient in efficient irrigation systems that include self-adjusting, weather-based controllers, point source watering, determining the proper water needs of the plants that are being irrigated, hydro-zoning, etc.
4) Encourage companion practices (mulching, mowing heights, etc) that conserve resources and reduce waste.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Using Integrated Pest Management to foster environmental health.

As a Landscape Professional, how you manage a yard or garden – from using pesticides to choosing plants – has an impact on the garden, our natural resources, and our river watersheds. Urban runoff carries pesticides, sediment, and fertilizer into stormdrains which lead to our creeks, waterways and eventually our rivers. By maximizing permeable surfaces and minimizing stormwater runoff, using integrated pest management practices, creating wildlife habitats supporting beneficial insects, and with minimizing the use of synthetic pesticides and avoiding overuse of fertilizers, reducing fossil fuel consumption, and planting trees to remove CO2 and absorb air pollutants, we protect the environment in a multitude of ways and create a more resilient landscape.

Business Management, Development, and Marketing
Fostering professional ethos and practices that lead to better business practices.

As a profession, those in the landscape industry tend to be small business owners working in isolation. Keeping abreast of best business practices, the image we present individually and collectively, and keeping ourselves in-tune with the 21-st Century is as important as the practices we use in the landscape. Education in this area helps make sure we present ourselves and the new California Landscape, with our best foot forward and in a professional and positive manner.

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