More than half of the U.S. population lives in coastal areas, including estuarine shores, and the long-term viability of these regions depends on estuary beauty and biodiversity. While homeowners may want to implement environmentally friendly landscaping practices to minimize impact on their region’s watershed, many areas are dominated by neighborhood Homeowner Associations (HOA’s) with strict rules on what is acceptable. Learn how a public garden evolved its traditional programming to incentivize and change the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of HOA governing authorities regarding landscaping practices, with the ultimate goal of reducing neighborhood impact on the region’s sustainability.

Presenter: M. Steinwald, Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach, Florida.