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Cap-SSS - Xeriscaping: Not Just for the Desert Anymore!

  • Tuesday, July 08, 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • SUNY Albany – Business Building - Rm 003


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Please join us for our July Sustainable Speakers Series presentation:

  Capital Region
  Xeriscaping: Not Just for the Desert Anymore! 

Presented by Joanna B. Nadeau

 Tuesday, July 8, 2014
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Presentation starts promptly at 6:00 
SUNY Albany
Room 213
Business Building*
Albany, NY
Light refreshments will be provided.


Benefit your wallet even in a water-rich state like NY.  Xeriscaping involves the use of native plants and soil management to reduce or eliminate landscape water use. While originally developed for drought-afflicted areas, a wide variety of landscaping projects are now using xeriscaping principles to benefit the environment, human health, and the wallet. This presentation will include practical guidance on implementing the principles and real-world examples that demonstrate how it can enhance your landscape designs.   

Learning Objectives:

Course attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the 7 principles of xeriscaping
  • Name 2-4 native plants applicable for xeriscaping in New York State
  • Recommend 1-2 soil management actions that promote water conservation
  • Design landscaping that uses 30-80% of the water that traditional landscaping requires


This course has been approved for 1 AIA LU.


Register via the link to the left.  You will need to log-in with your email address and create a profile if you have not already done so.  You must use the email address associated with your Chapter membership account in order to receive the member's rate for registration.  Advance registration fees: $15 for Chapter members and $20 for the general public. $10 for students. SUNY Albany students and staff are free (PLEASE REGISTER FOR ROOM PLANNING). At the door: $25, cash or check.


Parking is available in the Visitor Lot in front of the building. Fee is $5, cash or credit card. The Business School is on the circle off of Washington Avenue Extension, on the side  closer to Fuller Road.

About the Presenter:

Joanna Nadeau oversees the Sustainable Communities certification program at Audubon International, which is one of the main standard-bearers for sustainable cities in the United States. Ms. Nadeau has over a decade of professional experience working in natural resources management and community planning. She holds a Masters Degree and a Water Policy Certificate from the University of Arizona in Environmental and Healthy Cities Planning and received her Bachelors Degree in Biology from Haverford College. She has comprehensive knowledge of the state of practice in sustainable natural resource management in the United States. In addition, her background includes policy analysis, science translation, and strategic planning with municipal leaders, government agencies, resource managers, private sector firms, and the public.  

Thank you to SUNY Albany for providing a beautiful room and excellent technical support for our Capital District Sustainable Speaker Series events in 2014.

Thanks to our sponsor partner:


Sponsor opportunities are available.  Contact Jodi at greenerjsa@gmail.com for information.  

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