Free Webinar: Rewild Your Campus with the Green Grounds Certification, September 27, 2-3 pm EDT

  • 27 September 2023
  • Start time : 02:00 PM
  • End time : 03:00 PM
  • Event Host : AASHE
Free Webinar: Rewild Your Campus with the Green Grounds Certification, September 27
Event Description

Re:wild Your Campus’s Green Grounds Certification offers a new pathway for schools to reduce synthetic pesticide usage and implement organic grounds maintenance practices. This webinar will guide participants through the certification process and will address common questions around certification. The webinar will also feature several leaders in the space, including Shannon Britton of Seattle University who will talk about her years of experience managing Seattle University, which is being certified at the Platinum level of the Green Grounds Certification. Additionally, Eric O’brien from University of Northern Iowa will give insight into what efforts to improve landscape practices look like at a school that is just starting its journey towards more ecologically sounds landcare practices. UNI is applying to be certified at the Bronze level, and Eric will talk about what practices they are implementing to achieve this level, and how the certification helped to bridge gaps on campus between anti-pesticide advocates and grounds crews. Sean Breckin will provide an overview of what it looks like to partner with a third party to implement organic land care on campus grounds. Participants will walk away with the ability to apply for the certification for their campuses and with new insights into how to make their campus grounds safer and healthier for all.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • AASHE
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Sheina Crystal, Director of Communications and Campaigns, Re:wild Your Campus
      Sheina Crystal is the Director of Communications and Campaigns at Re:wild Your Campus. While a student at UC Santa Barbara, she founded a chapter of Re:wild Your Campus and worked with groundskeepers and restoration management as she advocated for the reduction of herbicide use on campus. As one of the main UC-wide organizers, she helped achieve a glyphosate ban at all 10 University of California schools. In addition to directing communications at RYC, she helped spearhead the Green Grounds Certification, a groundbreaking ecological landscaping certification by RYC to certify school campuses. Crystal’s work has appeared in The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Axios, Mother Jones, and more.

      Shannon Britton, Assistant Director Grounds and Waste Management, Seattle University
      Shannon Britton, employed with SU since 2009, in Facilities Grounds, is Assistant Director for Grounds and Waste Management where she facilitates integral ecology that supports the work of campus gardeners and recycle coordinator in their efforts to provide organic, pesticide free and sustainable operations for waste management.

      Eric O’brien, University Sustainability Director, University of Northern Iowa
      Eric is the sustainability director at University of Northern Iowa.

      Sean Breckin, Regional Account Manager, PJC Organic, PJC Organic
      Sean is a NOFA AOLCP currently working on organic turf care with PJC Organic. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Plant Science Major and Political Science Minor. A former landscape business owner and ASHS Certified Horticulturist – Sean hopes to educate professionals on the long-standing benefits of managing landscapes organically.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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