pagebodyhalf_ecoscapesEcoScapes engages Georgians in sustainable land use practices that help conserve water resources, native plants, habitats and wildlife.

The EcoScapes Sustainable Land Use program advocates for responsible stewardship of natural resources in sustainable land use development and landscaping practices throughout Georgia. EcoScapes provides outreach tools and resources to encourage sustainable practices that help preserve and protect healthy ecosystems. Water resources, native plants, habitats and wildlife are critical elements for nurturing and preserving the complex web of life that characterizes Georgia and its watersheds.

Contact: Keren Giovengo,
EcoScapes Program Manager
Phone: 912-280-1586
Email: giovengo@uga.edu

EcoScapes focus areas

A broader goal of EcoScapes is to help Georgia communities identify and promote a sustainable balance between natural resource conservation and necessary economic growth by determining the most effective means to ensure healthy and sustained ecosystems.

EcoScapes strives to achieve this goal through outreach, education, technical assistance, development of sustainable land use development and sustainable landscaping tools, research support and encouragement and recognition of innovative sustainable efforts in Georgia communities, businesses, and citizens.

Get Involved with EcoScapes

EcoScapes sponsors a variety of programs, presentations, workshops, classes and collaborative events. We encourage you to explore all EcoScapes has to offer, and increase your knowledge of sustainable land use practices. Our educational and outreach efforts target numerous audiences including homeowners, gardeners, community leaders, professional landscapers, contractors and natural resources personnel.

Join the EcoScapes e-mail list.
To be kept up to date on all of EcoScapes’ news, programs, volunteer events, and tool updates, please email Keren Giovengo at giovengo@uga.edu.

Participate in the EcoScapes Sustainable Landscaping Course Series.
Landscape for Life is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative program (SITES), a rating system for sustainable landscapes. SITES was created by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., as well as other stakeholder organizations.

The EcoScapes course series integrates Georgia natural resource-based sustainable land use tools, resources and practices advocated and/or developed by the EcoScapes program.The program will be initiated in 2017. Each 2-4 hour course will cover the following sustainable land use concepts and practices:

  • Guiding Principles of Ecology
  • Healthy Soils
  • Water Conservation and Water Quality
  • Native Plants and Invasive Plants
  • Managing Pests Sustainably
  • Habitat for Wildlife and Pollinators
  • Sustainable Resources and Materials
  • Human Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Landscape Predesign Assessment, Planning and Design Principles

Attend EcoScapes workshops and events.
EcoScapes sponsors and hosts educational and outreach opportunities for many different audiences. Check our Events calendar for upcoming opportunities to learn more about sustainable landscaping.

Become a volunteer.
To learn more about how you can serve as a volunteer in the EcoScapes program, contact Keren Giovengo at giovengo@uga.edu.

EcoScapes Resources

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