Water Efficient Landscaping: From Airports to Your Own Backyard (2.0 GBCI CE hours)

  • Thursday, June 16, 2011
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Ball Horticulture, Cafe, 622 Town Road, West Chicago, IL 60185
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  • This is for Chapter members that purchased one of the education bundle packages earlier this year.
  • This discounted price is for full-time students only.

Please note that registration is non-refundable.
If you experience any registration difficulties or have questions please contact Karin Barden at 312-245-8300 x2.

Online pre-registration has been closed, but walk-ins will be welcome.

Join the USGBC - Illinois Chapter's West Suburban Branch for an educational program about stormwater management and water efficient landscaping.

This event has been approved for 2.0 GBCI CE hours.

This event will cover issues and solutions related to water - efficiency and management.  The panel will identify typical considerations for plant selection, challenges in rural environments, and principals of water efficient landscaping.  Issues related to stormwater and how the landscape can remedy related environmental issues will be presented, as well as an overview of the US EPA's WaterSense program will be explained as an example of possible solutions to efficiently use and protect water supplies.

Case studies of gardens planted at Northwind Perennial Farm, Gurnee Park District, Olbrich Botanic Gardens, and University of Chicago will showcase projects that have reduced maintenance costs with the usage of native plantings.  A case study of the O'Hare Modernization Project and the sustainable plantings incorporated there will also be showcased. 


  • John Antonoglu, Associate Vice President, Primera Engineers, Ltd.
  • Tom Barrett, President, Green Water Infrastructure, Inc.
  • Roy Diblik, Co-Owner, Northwind Perennial Farm
  • Cary McElhinney, WaterSense Coordinator, US EPA Region 5, Water Division


  • Sharon Waller, Environmental Engineer, Sustainable Systems LLC Consulting


  • 5:30 - 5:50  Ball Horticulture Garden Tour, Networking, Registration & Light Appetizers
  • 5:50 - 6:00  Introductions
  • 6:00 - 6:25  Plant Selection & Landscape Design
  • 6:25 - 6:50  Stormwater Management
  • 6:50 - 7:15  O'Hare Case Study
  • 7:15 - 7:30  US EPA's Water Sense Program
  • 7:30 - 7:40  Recap & Formative Assessment
  • 7:40 - 8:00  Questions & Answers

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