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April Greener Davis Workshops

In celebration of the 47th anniversary of the first Earth Day, the City offered a series of environmental classes that were nothing short of literary masterpieces (or at least educational and entertaining)! In case you missed them, the presentations are posted below.

April 5: CCE Spot Run!

The City is looking at Community Choice Energy (CCE) as a practical way (without forming a public utility) to localize energy decisions, deliver cleaner electricity at competitive rates, and give consumers more choices about the price of their electricity and how it’s produced.  Join Sustainability Manager Mitch Sears to learn about CCE and participate in this Q&A focused presentation.  

April 11: Fantastic Pests and How to Control Them

Join the City’s Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Martin Guerena, and learn about Integrated Pest Management, an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. Martin focuses on the usual pests found in Davis homes and gardens.

April 12: Something Composted This Way Comes

Learn tips for easy and pest-free food scrap composting!  In addition to backyard composting and worm composting, this class emphasizes simple, pest-free methods of composting food scraps.

April 13: The Silence of the Sprinklers

Get an update on water conservation in Davis and California. Learn ways to reduce outdoor water use to help “silence your sprinklers”.

April 18: Where the Urban Wild Things Are

Davis is unique in that we share this town with other wild animals. Davis is home to turkeys, coyotes, squirrels, hawks, bats, owls….etc. Join us for a talk on the different local wildlife species, how they live locally and how we can coexist peacefully. City of Davis Wildlife Resource Specialist, John McNerney, presents on the common urban wildlife that live in Davis, some of the conflicts we have with them and tips for coexistence.

April 19: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Zero Waste

Zero waste living can be simple! This workshop covers simple ways that anyone can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Rebuy at home without a major investment or lifestyle change.

April 20: Cloudy with a Chance of Stormwater Run-Off

Pollution doesn’t only come from large factories. Many decisions that we make in our day-to-day lives can contribute to or reduce local and regional pollution of air and water.  Topics include: pervious pavements, landscaping to prevent run-off, preventing litter and more! 

April 26: Much Ado About Water

Dive in and learn more about our City’s water system.

Workshop Videos

The City offers conservation workshops with topics including lawn conversion, irrigation systems, integrated pest management, composting, urban wildlife and more. Some of the past workshop presentations and videos can be found below.

Integrated Pest Management for the Home Gardener

Join the City’s Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Martin Guerena, and learn about Integrated Pest Management, an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. Martin will focus on the usual pests found in Davis homes and gardens.



Integrated Pest Management for the Home Gardener - Part 1 (35 minutes) Integrated Pest Management for the Home Gardener - Part 2 (38 minutes)

Living with Urban Wildlife

City of Davis Wildlife Resource Specialist, John McNerney, discusses the common urban wildlife that live in Davis, some of the conflicts we have with them and tips for coexistence.



Living with Urban Wildlife - Part 1 (45 minutes) Living with Urban Wildlife - Part 2 (41 minutes)

Water-Wise Landscaping 

Your lawn's gone... now what? If you've removed your lawn and are now wondering what to do, join Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, at this workshop on October 6. She will discuss water-wise plant choices and landscape layout and design to turn your yard into a beautiful water-wise landscape.

   
 Water-Wise Landscaping - Part 1 (25 minutes)   Water-Wise Landscaping - Part 2 (24 minutes)

September 16: Large Scale Impacts of Drought

We all know that droughts mean less water at home, but how do droughts impact wildlife and their habitats? What’s being done? City Wildlife Specialist John McNerney will present a wider view of the California drought and its effects on wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole.



 Large Scale Impacts of Drought - Part 1 (34 minutes)  Large Scale Impacts of Drought - Part 2 (36 minutes)

Taking Care of Your Trees in a Drought

Trees provide many long-term benefits, including shading our homes and reducing energy costs, providing beauty, and more. Although we all need to reduce irrigation and start switching to drought tolerant landscaping, it’s important to remember that trees still need care and water during the drought to stay alive. City Urban Forest Manager Rob Cain will lead this workshop on caring for your trees during the drought, looking for signs of distress and various watering techniques to help our urban forest get through this drought.

   
Caring for Trees in a Drought - Part 1 (32 minutes) Caring for Trees in a Drought - Part 2 (41 minutes)

Plant Selection and Drought Tolerant Landscaping

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Nursery Manager Taylor Lewis will talk about the benefits of drought tolerant landscaping. Learn about proper plant selection, the UC Davis Arboretum All Stars and California native plants.

   
 Plant Selection - Part 1 (35 minutes)   Plant Selection - Part 2 (38 minutes)

Lawn Conversion

Have you considered removing your lawn? If so, don’t miss this workshop! Kerry Daane Loux, local landscape architect specializing in sustainable design and City Park Planner, will talk about different lawn removal techniques, and perhaps more importantly, drought friendly replacements for a lawn.

   
Lawn Conversion - Part 1 (30 minutes) Lawn Conversion - Part 2 (36 minutes)