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Sustainable Landscape Professionals
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Santa Monica focuses on landscape because much of our water is wasted by inefficient irrigation systems and plants that are not adapted for our climate.  The Office of Sustainability and the Environment offers classes for sustainable landscape professionals to employ the latest water efficientl landscape practices.  The City of Santa Monica has set a goal to become water self-sufficient by the year 2020. In addition, the State of California is requiring all urban water retailers, such as Santa Monica, to reduce their water use 20% by the year 2020. 

Training for Landscape Professionals:

Since 2006, the City has been the local source for landscape professionals to share pertinent information about sustainable landscaping. This information includes the latest technologies in water-efficient irrigation systems, smart irrigation controllers, climate appropriate plants, rainwater harvesting, permeable paving and more. Currently the City is working with the landscape industry to co-sponsor educational events throughout the community. Check our calendar for upcoming events.

Additionally, in order to improve the implementation of the City’s local landscaping requirements that conform to the State’s Model Landscape Ordinance which requires licensed professionals to design and install permitted landscapes, the City will hold classes that help professionals prepare plans for submittal to the City and install landscapes that pass inspection by the City.

Classes are held at Santa Monica College Bundy Campus. Visit the Continuing and Community Education website: to sign up or call (310) 434-3400. Classes are FREE.


Resources for Professionals

Last updated: Monday, 12/22/2014

All About Plants

Climate-appropriate, drought-tolerant, California-friendly, water-wise: different ways to say the same thing -- choosing the right plant material is an important part of any sustainable landscape.
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A Website for Sore Eyes

Take a gander at some gorgeous gardens, point and click on the plants you like and - voila! - you tap into a wealth of information on that particular plant species.  Click again and you automatically compile a printable list of plants that can easily be handed-off to a landscaper or an attendant at your favorite nursery. 

This tool will go a long way in helping you overcome some of the most significant hurdles in getting your sustainable landscape project started.


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