TRANSITIONING TO CLIMATE SMART LANDSCAPES:
A CONVERSATION WITH LOCAL
LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS AND EXPERIENCED ENTHUSIASTS
August 13, 2020
Presented by the Chatham Climate Action Network
Higher temperatures, sea level rise, erosion, flooding, storm damage, tornadoes, intense rainfall events – all these impacts of climate change are anticipated to be more frequent as worldwide carbon emissions rise. These can have significant impacts on our landscapes. And we have the opportunity to use our landscapes to help in the battle to avoid climate change’s impacts. On August 13, 2020 the Chatham Climate Action Network presented a program on Transitioning to a Climate Smart Landscape.
Local experts and enthusiasts provided guidance in areas such as simple actions that can reduce your carbon footprint, help with carbon sequestration and carbon storage; contribute to resiliency from weather extremes; help support nature; and protect Chatham’s waterways and groundwater.
We asked our panelists for their recommendations for the best Resources available for people interested in transitioning their own landscapes. We’re gathering a growing list of Resources recommended by our experts.
We asked each of our panelists to name one single thing that anybody can do – today – to get started on their own climate smart landscape transition. Here’s whaT they said.
Our panelists gave many examples of native plants that can help to mitigate climate change and look beautiful doing it. Check out their list of suggestions to get started transitioning your landscape!
OUR PANEL OF LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS AND EXPERIENCED ENTHUSIASTS:
- Kristin Andres, Director of Education & Outreach, Association to Preserve Cape Cod
- Peg Black, Barnstable County Master Gardener, Landscape Designer
- Oonie Burley, Certified Landscape Designer
- Barbara Cotnam, Landscape Designer and Board Member, Friends of Chatham Waterways
- DeeDee Holt, President, Chatham Friends of Trees
- Tom Farkas, Barnstable County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener
- Theresa Sprague, Owner and Principal Designer, BlueFlax Design LLC
- Cathy Weston, Self-described “Native Plant Enthusiast”
- Joyce Williams, Principal, Joyce Williams Landscape Design