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Thanks to everyone who attended our May 10, 2019 free webinar.
The next session will be on Date TBA.

CLIMATE-SMART GARDENING, Step 1:

Pay Attention to the Soil

Presented by Glenn Monrow The Compost Council of Canada

About the Presenter:

For the past fifteen years Dean has worked for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. He is currently a Project Manager with the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP). His work focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of innovative soil and water management technologies in an Ontario context and developing knowledge transfer tools to overcome barriers to widespread implementation. His most recent work focuses on developing guidance on the design and implementation of Low Impact Development stormwater infrastructure and soil management best practices to preserve and restore healthy soils on urban construction sites. Dean is a member of the Canadian Water Resources Association and International Erosion Control Association.

About the Topic:

Healthy soil is the foundation of all green infrastructure, and a vital component of all landscaped portions of the urban environment. The way in which landscaped areas are constructed and managed affects how absorbent they are to stormwater, in addition to the level of effort that will be required to establish and maintain healthy vegetation, and the lifespan of the plantings. If best practices to preserve or restore healthy functioning soils are not applied during their construction or rehabilitation, changes to soil structure, soil biology and organic matter content, and the effects of compaction can cause them to function more like impervious surfaces.

Best practices and minimum standards for preserving and restoring healthy soil in landscaped areas during urban construction that are recommended in the STEP guidance document, Preserving and Restoring Healthy Soil: Best Practices for Urban Construction will be presented along with outcomes from a recently completed project to develop a construction specificationwriting template for implementing subsoil decompaction and compost amendment best practices in the preparation of landscape planting soil for Ontario.

Please email Danielle Buklis at The Compost Council of Canada for more information: info@compost.org.

The Compost Council of Canada is the national non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to advocating and advancing organics residuals recycling and compost use. The Council serves as the central resource and network for the compost and organics recycling industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.