Landscaping for Resilience in a Changing Climate (Online Course)
The Earth's climate is changing. Impacts - including higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and longer periods of extreme weather - are already being felt in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and are expected to worsen. While there are actions we can all take, landscape professionals, in particular, have a unique opportunity to address the impacts of climate change. This course describes the difference between weather and climate and how human activities are causing changes at a rapid and unprecedented pace. Specific impacts to the Chesapeake Bay watershed are covered along with sustainable landscape practices that can be used to help mitigate climate change and promote resilience. Practices include using native plants and trees, designing for extreme precipitation, and installing resilient stormwater BMPs to curb flooding. The course ends with an overview landscaping strategies specific to the natural and built environments at water's edge.