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Sustainable Landscaping

This section provides an overview of some representative projects we have conducted relating to clean air. Using the annotated alphabetical list below, you can select project summaries, and/or link directly to some examples of our work.  If you prefer, you can also select projects by service or area of focus


Best Practices in Reducing the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides on Residential Property    Researched the relative effectiveness of outreach approaches being used in Canada, USA and Europe for reducing the cosmetic use of pesticides on residential property, both with and without legislative intervention (e.g. pesticide by-laws.)

Community-Based Social Marketing Tool Kit   Developed, tested and disseminated practical information on community-based social marketing tools for promoting environmental citizenship, including seven full case studies on water efficiency and pesticide reduction.

Green Communities Served as a social marketing advisor and trainer, developed a social marketing toolkit for use by the communities, and provided ongoing planning and implementation assistance. Sustainable landscaping was one of the topics covered. We also conducted the initial public research and strategy recommendations for the Green Community Association's new  well stewardship program. 

Pesticide Reduction Outreach Round Table  Cullbridge co-sponsored, helped organize, and presented a session at a forum on public education strategies to encourage active, pesticide-free gardening, in collaboration with Go For Green's Gardening for Life program. 


Sustainable Community Planning Developed a national strategy for our client to use, in cooperation with its partners, to engage consumers in adopting more sustainable community planning alternatives.  Five product concepts were tested, and strategic directions for each were recommended. One of the products focused entirely on sustainable landscaping.

Tools of Change Web site  Founded on the principles of community-based social marketing, this site links a growing bank of case studies and ‘lessons learned’ with planning guides and worksheets, to help program planners and implementers learn more quickly from their collective experience. It highlights approaches that have been particularly successful so that they can be replicated and built upon, as well as "turnkey" programs that have been ‘pre-packaged’ for use by others. The site is full of examples that are presented to each user in a customized manner, according to his or her interest profile. Users can save their planning work between sessions, and can download the resulting draft plans and work summaries to common word processors for further refinement. The site currently hosts eight full case studies focusing on sustainable landscaping issues.

U.N. Biodiversity Clearinghouse Mechanism Developed the inaugural strategic plan for the global Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) operated by the United Nations Environment Program's Convention on Biological Diversity, and conducted an independent evaluation of its Pilot Phase.  

 

 

Workshops

In collaboration with the Tools of Change Educational Institute, Cullbridge offers popular talks and workshops on planning and evaluating social marketing programs that promote sustainable landscaping.  

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Tools of Change

Tools of Change Workbook

Workbook: Includes three full-length  case studies on pesticide reduction programs and lawn watering . View or order it on-line from Renouf Publishing.  After entering the bookstore, use the Search button at the top to search for the title 'Tools of Change'.

Website: Includes and a dozen full-length case studies on reducing the cosmetic use of pesticides, and a dozen on reducing landscape watering.  www.toolsofchange.com

Outreach Best Practices

Why re-invent the wheel? One of the best ways of giving your program a head start, is to begin with best practice research or benchmarking. Cullbridge is routinely carrying out this sort of research so we are set up to do it cost-effectively; we may already have found and documented many of the best programs in your area of interest. We have on-file recent best practice reviews covering outreach programs in the following topic areas:

  • Pesticide reduction

  • Water conservation / efficiency

          

Highlights

United Nations Environment Program

 

Cullbridge developed the inaugural strategic plan for the global Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) operated by the United Nations Environment Program's Convention on Biological Diversity, and conducted an independent evaluation of its Pilot Phase. 

Well Aware

We conducted the initial public research and strategy recommendations for the Green Community Association's new  well stewardship program. 

Pesticide Reduction Outreach Round Table

Cullbridge co-sponsored, helped organize, and presented a session at a forum on public education strategies to encourage active, pesticide-free gardening. 

Pesticide Reduction Best Practices

We researched the relative effectiveness of outreach approaches being used in Canada, USA and Europe for reducing the cosmetic use of pesticides on residential property.

 
 
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