FROM THE GROUND UP: Making Soil Work for You

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Date(s) - 03/05/2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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KU - Edwards Campus - BEST Bldg., Room 330


Program details

This workshop looks into the insights of soil management to build a better living environment; to create greener, more sustainable landscapes, and the impact soil can have on economics and quality of life. We will examine the problems associated with soil ranging from grand scale planning, landscape architecture, to local community (and private) gardens. We will introduce the how microbial communities and chemical balances work in soil to create the world we all depend on, and how these factors can be implemented with projects large and small to benefit our communities.

Networking Social to Follow
4:15 p.m. at Barley’s Kitchen
119th & Quivira Road

Please RSVP if you can attend the workshop and/or the networking social: RSVP Here

Keynote Speaker |James Sottilos

Founder of Ecological Landscape Management, James Sottilo is a nationally sought after consultant, educator, and arborist. James has worked endless hours on varied scaled projects focusing on areas such as landscape management, soil design and installation, development of organic amendments as well as technological advancement within the industry.

James has been featured in several publications such as Landscape Architecture Magazine and the BSLA Field-book; he has served as a key speaker at conferences such as the ASLA’s Annual Meeting and Expo, Atlanta BeltLine’s Organic Land Care Symposium, and New York’s Botanical Garden presentations. James continues to take part in cutting edge research efforts collaborating with entities such as the Rodale Institute and is the creative developer of the patented technology and soil testing system for professionals, the MicroBiometer™.

Drawing from his formal education and on-site practical work, James has honed his skills to a premier level when addressing nature, its ecological behaviors, and the biological soil and
plant life relationship. James recognizes the needed efforts for environmental protection and awareness among communities and continues to pioneer the industry and influence his
surrounding networks.

Guest Speaker | Theodore A. Hartsig, CPSS, Senior Soil Scientist/Natural Resources Restoration | Olsson | Overland Park, KS

Ted is a certified professional soil scientist with extensive experience in urban ecosystem restoration and stormwater management. He has expertise in developing soil and plant management strategies in both urban and rural projects that affect community planning, municipal infrastructure, and landscape sustainability and resiliency. Ted has collaborated with James Sottilo in research and development of natural systems practices that result in efficient and successful community projects on a national and international scale. He has contributed the soil design and management plans for numerous projects, including the G.W. Bush Library in Dallas, the Arch in St. Louis, Tulsa’s Gathering Place Park, and parks and campuses across the U.S.

Guest Speaker | Dr. Terri Woodburn

Dr. Terri Woodburn is the Assistant Program Director for the Professional Science Masters in Environmental Assessment at University of Kansas Edwards Campus. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Physical Geography from the University of Kansas with concentrations in fluvial and soil geomorphology. She has previously worked for the Kansas Geological Survey, Missouri
Department of Natural Resources, and Park University. With the PSM program she is the advisor, administrator, recruiter, and teaches courses that focus on natural processes such as soil science for environmental assessment, water quality, water resource sustainability, natural hazards and environmental risk, and remote sensing.