UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Water and Landscape

The Water and Landscape speaker selection committee is looking forward to reviewing the many best practices across the four systems of higher education. We are eager to see projects that have clear lessons learned and concrete takeaways that can be applied statewide. We are hoping to see more interactive presentations to encourage conversations among all sustainable folks present at the conference. Please consider presenting on lessons learned as well as best practices.

All in all, we are looking for student, staff, and faculty from colleges in California to present.  We are interested in presentations including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Housing water usage, reduction projects, and awareness campaigns
  • Landscape transformation from turf to water efficient landscaping
  • Student involvement and engagement with water projects on campus
  • Cooling tower technologies to reduce water use
  • Kitchen water efficiency using equipment retrofits like dishwashers, pre-rinse spray valves, and dipper wells
  • Promotion of more automation and irrigation control systems on campus fields
  • Studies on gallons per capita daily water use (GPCD)

Please feel free to look at sessions we had last year under the water and landscape track

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, relationship to the conference theme “data-driven change and engagement”, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Water and Landscape” on the left hand side of the screen to see the water and landscape related sessions at last year’s conference.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in water efficiency and site water quality or one of our other categories this year.  Several new award categories have been added! You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.