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Compost on Sustainable Sites: Managing Stormwater, Drought, and Erosion


Produced by US Composting Council
for Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Compost Manufacturers

Compost has become a staple for plant establishment and growth, but there’s more to the story. The healthy soil produced by compost and compost-based techniques is the foundation of successful landscapes. We can change the structure of soil by using compost to manage “too much” or “too little” water, which is typically less expensive and more effective than current stormwater management, erosion control and water conservation techniques.

Join Ron Alexander, a horticulturist with over 30 years of experience working with compost, for a live and on-demand webinar as we explore how to apply compost-based techniques and BMPs to create sustainable landscape sites, and to manage stormwater, drought, and erosion. In particular, we’ll assess technical and practical data and specifications to determine how compost and sustainable landscaping practices can be used in a variety of development and stormwater management projects to save money and time, and to ensure long-term planting success.

In this US Composting Council webinar produced by Forester University, Mr. Alexander will begin by discussing how soil restoration is essential for stormwater management​, reductions in irrigation water usage, water quality,​ and for climate and habitat protection. We’ll then jump into soil and site best practices, including a discussion of the benefits of compost related practices. Within this discussion, we’ll take a look at how mulch and compost-based solutions are required in many states like California (e.g., Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance) and in an increasing number of Low Impact Development and stormwater management projects (e.g., bioretention soils). We’ll also examine how the savvy practitioner can cost-effectively and efficiently comply with vegetation and erosion control specifications by effectively using compost and other organic amendments. Finally, we’ll wrap up by discussing practical “lessons learned” from a variety of big and small, urban and rural, and public and private projects.

Learning Objectives
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Examine the proper application and usage of compost products for general landscaping, and for soil and water protection and conservation.
  • Explore how to identify and purchase quality sources of compost.
  • Evaluate the scientific and practical benefits of improving 'soil health'.
  • Review trends in Soil and Site Best Management Practices and 'Green’ Building.

The USCC is a national, non-profit trade and professional organization promoting the recycling of organic materials through composting. The USCC is the only national organization committed to the advancement of the composting industry. To learn more, visit

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* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.​

On-Demand Webcast
Lectures: 1
Session: 1 H 30 M
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU

On-Demand Webcasts > Stormwater ($79.00)


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