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PNR Parks Leading the Way: Staying Green when Budgets are Lean Workshop on September 25, 2013 Newton

  • 25 Sep 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
  • National Guard Armory, 400 Grand Avenue, Newton, KS


  • Includes lunch.
  • Includes lunch.

Registration is closed

Kansas Recreation and Park Association
Park and Natural Resources Branch Workshop

Parks Leading the Way:  

Staying Green when Budgets are Lean

September 25, 2013

National Guard Armory

400 Grandview Ave
Newton, KS


                                          Workshop Agenda
8:00-9:00am    Registration
9:00-10:15am  Save Green with the Waste Wise Program

Everyone is responsible for doing the right thing when it comes to our organizations finances and caring for the environment.  Learn how these go hand in hand utilizing the Waste Wise program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Practical and award winning implementation ideas will be shared by one of our colleagues from Sand Creek Station golf course in Newton, Kansas.  Speakers:  James Houchen, Sand Creek
Station Golf Course and Marcus Rivas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

10:15-11:30am Protecting Lawn and Landscape during Drought
Managers and caretakers of parks and grounds locations are often under pressure to provide beautiful lawns and landscapes regardless of the challenges..  Environmental challenges such as drought can have major consequences to both our aesthetics and budget due to plant loss.  Learn tips, techniques and proven methods for protecting your lawns and landscape for the distressing effects of drought.  Speaker:  Dr. Jason Griffin, Director of the John Pair Horticulture Research Center , Haysville, KS.
11:30-1:00pm Lunch/Sponsor Booths/Equipment Demos
1:00-2:15pm    Alternative Fuels for Trucks and Equipment

Alternative fuel options for vehicles and equipment can be complex and overwhelming.  Emerging technologies and fuel options have the potential to positively impact operational costs.  It’s critical to know what’s available and what are the best options for your agency’s needs.  Learn alternative fueld basics and start making connections to local, reliable resources in this session.  Speaker:  Kay Johnson, Program Manager Metropolitan Energy Center, Central KS Clean Cities Coalition
2:15-3:30pm Management and Use of Irrigation Systems
Irrigation is an important issue.  Use of irrigation within our park and grounds locations should be a strategic decision based on management goals.  Mismanagement, poor installation, or neglected maintenance can have costly and wasteful consequences.  Learning about the management and use of irrigation systems will help to avoid the pitfalls and work to promote the wise use of this critical management tool.  Speaker:  Dr. Cathie Lavis, Landscape Management Specialist, Kansas State University
3:30-3:45 PM Evaluation/Adjourn


FEE:  By September 17th 

$30 Member  /  $40 Non Member

  After September 17th

$35 Member  /  $45 Non Member

CEU's:  .4

Questions Contact Bonnie Simon at bonnie@krpa.org or by phone at (785) .235-6533


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