Get certified in Wildfire Defense Landscaping Practices to protect your home and community today!
About this event
The USGBC-LA Wildfire Defense Professional Certificate was developed to educate contractors and landscapers on how to best harden homes and landscapes to fires through the use of materials, maintenance practices, and firewise design practices known to reduce properties’ risk of fire damage. The intention of this training is meant to prime the pathway for the private market to drive adoption of firewise best practices and create cultural change within the building industry.
The training highlights existing resources and includes a small group of diverse advisors across fire prevention as well as building and landscape design to instill awareness and transfer knowledge around industry leading best practices to reduce fire risk in homes and landscapes.
The Wildfire Defense Professional Certificate for Landscapers module is a 150-minute training followed by certification testing to be taken online. This certification training provides participants with real-world examples and strategies for fire risk reduction, including but not limited to the following topics: – Understanding Wildfire
– Understanding Wildfire
– Think Home First
– Defensible Space Zones
– Hardscape Strategies
– Defensible Landscape Design
– Strategic Tree Canopy
– Fire Risk Reducing Maintenance
– Post-Fire Recovery
– Importance of community organizing for safety, preparedness, and funding opportunities
In partnership with:
Horticulturist, English, and Spanish Language Instructor
Emerson Funes is a seasoned landscaper working in the Los Angeles area. He arrived in California from El Salvador when he was eight years of age. Since that time, he has been helping manage the family business: a small landscaping company. Working with and maintaining native plants has always been a part of his role and he is excited at the opportunity to share his experience with the broader landscape community.
Emerson is bilingual and particularly excited to help teach Spanish-speaking gardeners and landscape professionals about the importance of using plants native to California and how together, we can help change our environment for the better. Emersons believes that if our community uses plants native to our region, we can collectively help play a role in saving our planet. From creating habitat for threatened species such as the monarch butterfly to conserving our most precious natural resource, water, native plants provide a myriad of solutions to contribute to ecological resilience.
Your support is crucial in helping us advance and continue our initiatives to transform Southern California into a more sustainable region for all! Donate now!