Become More Valuable to Your Clients Through Education on Sustainability In states where water is short and restrictions on its use are becoming stricter with stiffer penalties, both commercial and residential clients are relying heavily on landscape professionals for advice and solutions that reduce water usage, yet still provide beautiful and sustainable landscapes. As this is the scenario in today’s, and future’s, business environment, it behooves landscape pros to learn as much as they can about sustainable landscape techniques, especially those that deal with water conservation. Whether you’re involved in design, build or maintain segments of the industry, or even all three, keeping up-to-date on new laws & regulations, products and techniques will make you a very valuable resource to your clients as you save them money, keep them out of trouble, and provide them with a landscape environment they can be proud of. With this in mind, Leslie McGuire, educational programs director for the 2010 Landscape Expo – Long Beach, has made sure to include several seminars that deal specifically with water issues in various knowledge tracks including Turf Care, Tree Care, Sustainability, Irrigation and Landscape Design. The 2010 Landscape Expo will take place October 6th & 7th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA. For free exhibit hall admission and to sign-up for seminars, visit www.LandscapeOnline.com and click on the 2010 Landscape Expo button on the top menu bar. Discount hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency and Avia Hotel are also available and can be booked online at the show’s website. Call (714) 979-5276 ext. 123 for additional information.
State Board Announces New Executive Director The State Water Resources Control Board has announced that Tom Howard will become the board’s next executive director in August. An engineer who has held a variety of positions at the board since 1984, Howard has served as chief deputy director since 2003. Howard is a registered Professional Chemical Engineer and holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and master’s degrees from both Cal Tech and UC Davis.