Many thanks to all of you who made the Sustainable Landscape Summit a great success!

Below are the powerpoint presentations from the event.



Foster City

Rana Creek Design




Cal Water

Silicon Valley Sustainable Landscape Summit

Monday, March 24, 2014

9:00am – 1:00pm

William J. Walker Recreation Center, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City

Free admission and lunch, but participants must RSVP (space is limited)

RSVP here

Download a flyer here

Followed by the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards

1:00pm – 2:00pm


Water is one of our most critical, life-sustaining natural resources, and is key to the health and economic vitality of our region and the environment. Today, population growth and climate change are threatening our precious water supply. Without action now, we could soon face serious threats to our quality of life in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. The Sustainable Landscape Summit will educate and inspire participants to initiate programs and practices that use water more wisely by connecting them with tools and resources to adapt to a changing world.

Program Highlights

· Keynote address by John Laird, CA Secretary of Natural Resources.

· Performance by political satirist, Will Durst.

· Case studies featuring experts sharing what works and lessons learned.

· Resources to help participants discover tools and services to help save water and money.

· Vendor Expo showcasing state-of-the-art technologies and enabling attendees to connect with product and service providers.

· Optional landscape tour of Ryan Park in Foster City.

Case Studies

· Stanford University: Landscape irrigation pilot studies – ET irrigation, smart technology, Best Management Practices - synergy improves efficiency.  The results... Presenter: Marty Laporte.

· City of Foster City: How budget-based water rates have dramatically reduced irrigation water use. Presenter: Steve Toler.

· Adobe Systems: How one business reduced its landscape irrigation water by 86%. Presenter: George Denise.

· Rana Creek Design: Climate-appropriate native plant landscaping that saves water while providing wildlife habitat. Presenter: Paul Kephart.

Tools & Resources

· Rebates and other support for landscape irrigation efficiency.

· Programs for educating and motivating landscape managers.

· Information from product and service providers.

Vendor Expo

· Meet product and service providers.

· Observe hands-on product demonstrations.

Participating Vendors

Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Association (BAWSCA)

California Landscape Contractors Association

California Water Service Company

City of Hayward

East Bay Municipal Utility District


Ewing Landscape and Irrigation Products


HydroPoint Data Systems

Lyngso Garden Materials

OnPoint EcoSystems

Rain Bird


Rana Creek Design

San Jose Water Company

Santa Clara Valley Water District



Watersavers Irrigation

WaterSmart Software

Targeted Audiences

· Public agencies and utilities

· Businesses and property managers

· Homeowners associations

· Park managers and public works directors

· Landscape contractors

· Product and service providers

Organizing Coalition


Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Association (BAWSCA)

California Water Service Company

City of Foster City

City of Palo Alto Utilities

Ewing Landscape and Irrigation Products

GreenTown Los Altos

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Stanford University

Sustainable San Mateo County

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Tuolumne River Trust

Gold Sponsors

California Water Service Company

City of Foster City

Ewing Landscape and Irrigation Products

Lyngso Garden Materials

Silver Sponsors

San Jose Water Company

Vision Recycling


WaterSmart Software

Interested in becoming a sponsor?   Click here for details.

We appreciate the support of the San Francisco Foundation and the Campbell Foundation in making the Sustainable Landscape Summit possible.

For more information about the Summit, please contact Peter Drekmeier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (415) 882-7252 x302.

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