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Webinar: Rewild Your Campus with the Green Grounds Certification

September 27, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Re:wild Your Campus’s Green Grounds Certification offers a new pathway for schools to reduce synthetic pesticide usage and implement organic grounds maintenance practices. This webinar will guide participants through the certification process and will address common questions around certification. The webinar will also feature several leaders in the space, including Shannon Britton of Seattle University who will talk about her years of experience managing Seattle University, which is being certified at the Platinum level of the Green Grounds Certification. Additionally, Eric O’brien from University of Northern Iowa will give insight into what efforts to improve landscape practices look like at a school that is just starting its journey towards more ecologically sounds landcare practices. UNI is applying to be certified at the Bronze level, and Eric will talk about what practices they are implementing to achieve this level, and how the certification helped to bridge gaps on campus between anti-pesticide advocates and grounds crews. Sean Breckin will provide an overview of what it looks like to partner with a third party to implement organic land care on campus grounds. Participants will walk away with the ability to apply for the certification for their campuses and with new insights into how to make their campus grounds safer and healthier for all.

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Mackenzie Feldman, Founder and Director, Re:wild Your Campus

Mackenzie Feldman is an environmental activist from Honolulu, Hawai’i. She is the Founder and Director of Re:wild Your Campus (formerly known as Herbicide-Free Campus). Mackenzie worked with a coalition to ban herbicides from every public school in the state of Hawai’i, and led a campaign that resulted in the entire University of California system going glyphosate-free. Mackenzie received the 2019 Brower Youth Award for her work and is a 2022 Rachel Carson Council Fellow and a 2023 Walking Softer Young Leaders Awardee. She is also co-author, with her mother Kathy, of the book Groundbakers, which was published in Fall 2022.

Shannon Britton, Assistant Director Grounds and Waste Management, Seattle University

Shannon Britton, employed with SU since 2009, in Facilities Grounds, is Assistant Director for Grounds and Waste Management where she facilitates integral ecology that supports the work of campus gardeners and recycle coordinator in their efforts to provide organic, pesticide free and sustainable operations for waste management.

Eric O’brien, University Sustainability Director, University of Northern Iowa

Eric is the sustainability director at University of Northern Iowa.

Sean Breckin, Regional Account Manager, PJC Organic

Sean is a NOFA AOLCP currently working on organic turf care with PJC Organic. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Plant Science Major and Political Science Minor. A former landscape business owner and ASHS Certified Horticulturist – Sean hopes to educate professionals on the long-standing benefits of managing landscapes organically.

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September 27, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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