For Immediate Release: Thurs., Jan. 25

Contact: Julie LaBar | Director of Marketing and Communications
412/622-6915, ext. 3801 ǀ jlabar@phipps.conservatory.org


Prepare for Spring with Full Roster of New Sustainability Workshops at Phipps Conservatory, Providing Cutting-Edge Knowledge on Lawn Care, Landscaping, Green Buildings and More
Calendar includes variety of hands-on sessions developed by Phipps’ accredited experts, leading an internationally-recognized model of sustainability

Pittsburgh, Pa. — Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers a series of interactive environmental workshops throughout the year, with registration open for featured sessions in February: Sustainable Landcare Accreditation Training Workshop on Feb. 12 – 15 and Sustainability Training Workshop on Feb. 20 – 21.

Phipps’ exclusive workshops will benefit anyone interested in learning how to live, design and garden more sustainably, including green professionals, organizational leaders and students.

Phipps’ Sustainable Landcare Accreditation Training Workshop, modeled after the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Organic Land Care Program, brings nationally renowned land care standards training to Pittsburgh in an immersive four-day workshop that will distinguish participants as true sustainable practitioners. The program offers a well-rounded lawn care and landscaping curriculum including soil ecology; site analysis and design; organic pest, weed and disease control; storm water management; invasive plants and more. Accredited professionals who have benefitted from the workshop include leaders throughout the community — a full list can be found at phipps.conservatory.org.

When: Feb. 12 – 15 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Where: Phipps Garden Center

Fee: Registration fee is $525 and includes catered lunches and course textbook. Additional attendees from the same organization receive a 50% discount – enter code TEAM50 at checkout.

How to Register: Visit phipps.conservatory.org

In the upcoming Sustainability Training Workshop, immersive hands-on training held at one of the greenest buildings in the world — Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes — will provide leaders with new information and tools that answer the question, “What does good look like?” to develop a green building that meets their values and aspirations. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of top rating systems (Living Building Challenge™, LEED®, WELL™ and Sustainable SITES™) related to green buildings, human health and landscapes and how to use them, setting attendees up for success.

When: Feb. 21 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) with opening reception on Feb. 20 (5 – 8 p.m.)

Where: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Fee: Registration fee is $250 and includes access to the reception and full-day workshop, as well as food and drink.

How to Register: Visit phipps.conservatory.org/workshop

Highlighted in Phipps’ 2018 Five-Point Plan, Phipps bolstered sustainability programs and events in response to increased community interest in sustainable practices, providing exciting new ways to engage and take action.

For a complete list of environmental workshops, programs and classes, including sustainable horticulture, green and healthy living, spring garden planning and more, visit phipps.conservatory.org/classes-and-programs

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About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Phipps commemorates its 125th anniversary in 2018, celebrating its historic past, vibrant present and exciting future ahead — including inspiring seasonal flower shows, community events, public programs and groundbreaking green innovation. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.

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