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Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional Training

Bay-Friendly Training & Qualification for Maintaining Landscapes - SOUTH BAY

DATES: Tuesday 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, and 12/16
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Okayama Room at Kelly Park, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
COST: $200
City of San Jose

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Bay-Friendly Training & Qualification for Maintaining Landscapes - ALAMEDA COUNTY

2015 DATES: Tuesday 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, and 2/10
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
COST: $200
TO REGISTER: Please click here to visit our event registration page.
Free registration is available for public agency employees who work with civic landscapes either for the County of Alameda or for cities located within the County of Alameda. If you think you are eligible, please do not register through the link above. Instead, contact Teresa Eade at StopWaste to find out more at

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Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way

Free Lose Your Lawn Demonstration Event

DATES: Saturday January 24, 2015
TIME: 9:30am-1:00pm
LOCATION: 400 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco - behind SSF City Hall (etrance to parking lot is on Miller Avenue)
COST: Free
TO REGISTER: Pre-registration is required. Please call the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department at 650 829-3800 to reserve your space. Workshop is limited to 25 so enroll now!

California is in the midst of an extreme drought, and we're all doing our share to save water. Irrigation is a primary source of water demand. Learn how to convert your existing lawn to a beautiful, yet low water landscape.

In this FREE HANDS ON WORKSHOP lead by Bay Friendly Qualified Professionals you will learn how to convert your lawn without breaking your back or wallet. Remove your lawn without tearing it out! Get dirty with us as we use the innovative technique of Sheet Mulching to create a water conserving garden. Following Bay-Friendly practices you’ll learn to conserve natural resources, reduce pollution, create a vibrant garden, and save time and money.

Learn about Lawn Conversion Rebate Programs.

Bring water, sunscreen, and garden gloves. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Workshop to be tented in case of rain.

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Ready to lose your lawn, but not sure where to start?

Learn how to remove your lawn without tearing it out! It's surprisingly easy to replace your lawn with a healthy garden that works for you. By using Bay-Friendly practices, you can conserve natural resources, prevent pollution, and save time and money.

Bay-Friendly has successfully educated hundreds of landscape professionals and home gardeners in the innovative technique of sheet mulching, a simple method used to enrich the soil in planting areas, establish a new landscape or garden area, or remove a lawn without herbicides.

Vendors and Bay-Friendly landscape designers will be on hand to answer your questions about products and plant material selections.

Lawn Conversion Rebate Programs:

Interested in replacing your lawn, but worried about up front costs?

Several Bay Area water agencies are currently offering rebates for lawn conversion and/or weather based irrigation controllers for both residential and commercial landscapes. The Bay-Friendly Coalition is partnering with these water agencies in an effort to encourage the widespread adoption of more Bay-Friendly, water-efficient gardens and landscapes.

Click here for full list of rebate programs.

Residential rebates up to $2,500

Commercial rebates up to $20,000

Graywater Training

Graywater Training for Marin County Professionals

Professional landscapers, plumbers, contractors, and green businesses operating in Marin County learn to install code-compliant graywater systems, including laundry, shower, and whole-house systems. Understand the permitting process.  Participate in on-site graywater system installations.

DATES: January 13th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd 2015
TIME: 2:00pm-6:00pm
LOCATION: Marin Sanitary Service, 535 Jacoby St, San Rafael. Map
COST: $100.00 (includes all course materials)
TO REGISTER: visit to register
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: WaterNow is partnered with the County of Marin, Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening, Marin Builders Association, Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership, Watersense, and the Marin Sanitary Service.

Graywater systems are becoming increasingly common, but demand will soon exceed the number of qualified professionals to install such systems. Upon Completion of the Program, you will:
- Know how to install code-compliant graywater systems, including laundry, shower, and whole-house systems
- Understand the permitting process
- Have participated in on-site installations
- Earn a QWEL Graywater Module Certification*
- Receive free promotion on various websites
- Be part of a network of graywater professionals
*See website for details and limitations.

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