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Water Conservation Workshops
The City offers water conservation workshops with topics including rain water retention, lawn conversion, irrigation systems, grey water systems, water-wise landscaping, and more. Past workshop presentations and videos can be found on the water conservation workshops page.
Greywater Showcase - July 24, 2019
Water Wise Davis, a working group of Cool Davis, is partnering with the City of Davis to host the third annual Greywater Showcase in the Davis Senior Center Valente Room at 646 A Street in Davis on Wednesday, July 24, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The theme of this year is Case Studies, Shining a Light on What Systems Look Like as Installed in a Home.
This is a free event and can fill up, so reserve your spot in advance! Drop-ins will be accommodated if there is space. After the showcase, there will be a raffle for four laundry to landscape greywater system parts kits! Each kit comes with a complimentary professional consultation.
For more details and to reserve a spot, please visit the Cool Davis website.
April 2018 Green Gardening Classes
We decided to celebrate Earth Day all month long by offering green gardening classes every Wednesday evening in April. These galactically incredible classes were out of this world! (or at the very least they were entertaining and instructive). In case you missed them, the presentations are posted below.
April 4: Live Long and Compost
Throwing organic material in the trash is illogical. Composting is logical. Join us for a logic-filled class on backyard composting, worm composting, home-made food digesters and in-ground composting!
April 11: Make it Sow
Join us for an engaging green gardening class. Its hour and a half-long mission: to explore environmentally friendly gardening, to seek out methods for retaining rainwater on-site and new ways to manage yard trimmings, to boldly go where no garden has gone before! This class will also cover less-toxic alternatives to pesticides and fertilizers, using beneficial species to assist in controlling pests, and more!
Join Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, for a galactically amazing class on water-wise landscaping with native plants. Ellen will explore how to incorporate drought-tolerant California native plants into your landscape and how to irrigate them during establishment and beyond for a cosmically beautiful, long lasting, water-wise landscape.
April 25: May the Trees Be With You
Trees provide clean air, beauty, wildlife habitats and they reduce energy costs associated with heating and cooling buildings. Join us at a class to learn more about the trees that surround us: how to choose the right trees, how to prune, mulch and water trees, and about the habitats that our urban forest provides to local wildlife.
April 2017 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.
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.
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.
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.
Get an update on water conservation in Davis and California. Learn ways to reduce outdoor water use to help “silence your sprinklers”.
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.
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.
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!
Dive in and learn more about our City’s water system.
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)|
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)|
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)|