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Growing Sustainability in Our Gardens: An Index for North American Public Gardens :

Growing Sustainability in Our Gardens: An Index for North American Public Gardens May 24 th , 2013

Mark Winnicki:

Mark Winnicki Longwood Gardens Jim Fava, Kats Maroney Curtis Harnanan & Andrea Smerek PE INTERNATIONAL Casey Sclar APGA

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Agenda Part 1 Sustainability Index Update Launch Plan Part 2 Panel Discussion with Q&A from Audience Part 3 General Questions & Next Steps

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Overview of Sustainability Index A set of measures of sustainable practices with key themes that are clearly understood and could be applied by a wide range of public gardens, regardless of current level of sustainability performance. Purpose: to define and promote leading environmental stewardship practices, and drive innovation and continual improvement in the sustainability performance of the public gardens sector. Developed by Longwood Gardens, APGA, a Peer Advisory Group, consisting of approx. 20 public gardens & PE INTERNATIONAL Source: Public Gardens magazine, Summer/Fall 2012, pp.45-48 Enviro Governance Financial Social Social

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Overview of Proven Practice Workbook Contains examples of “proven practices”, tools and guidance to help gardens better integrate sustainability into their overall operations Developed as a companion reference to be used in conjunction with the Sustainability Index

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Specific to Museums, Focus on Education / Outreach Specific to Landscape or Site: GHG, water, waste, urban climate, invasives, health / well-being of site and users Focus on Buildings & Sites: water, energy, materials, indoor env. quality, innovation & design Focus on Horticultural Products, Resources, Waste, Labour, Community Focus on Restaurants & Events: water, energy, waste, food, disposables, pollution, etc. Environmental Focus, time and resource intensive. Does not provide metrics, nor prescribe what should be included/implemented – done at discretion of user Overarching holistic approach that considers aspects of all of these programs and more. Sustainability Index: how and where it fits

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Assessment

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Assessment Phase Details Purpose: To test the applicability and functionality of several aspects of the Sustainability Index and Proven Practice Workbook Participants: 13 gardens participated in assessment phase Timeline: January – March 2013 Participants Applewood Estates / Ruth Mott Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Cleveland Botanic Garden Green Mountain College Longwood Gardens Missouri Botanical Garden Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Mt. Cuba Center Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Sarah P. Duke Gardens (Duke University) The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College Smithsonian Gardens University of Maryland Thank YOU!!

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Total Scores Achieved by Participants The Assessment scores help gardens to understand: their current degree of implementation the attributes and criteria within the Sustainability Index comparatively, with the sector and each other what they are doing well and where they can improve The scores are not a reflection of “good” or “bad” performance but are indicative of the placement of gardens along their “ sustainability journey ”

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Degree of Implementation Leadership > 75% Advanced 55% - 75% Moderate 30% - 55% Minimal < 30% Current level of sustainability implementation by public gardens

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The Sustainability Index and Proven Practice Workbook are aligned with its intended scope, function (of providing sustainability measures) and applicability (to gardens regardless of size) The Index and Workbook required some minor edits to address comments received in order to finalize – these have been completed Upon finalization, the Index and Workbook will be ready for formal launch at, and subsequent use after, the May 2013 APGA Conference Assessment Phase: Conclusions

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Clear communications on scope and intent of version 1.0 of both the Index and Workbook, as well as future development, is key to successful adoption and use As experience grows on use of Index and Workbook they will be updated and improved Assessment Phase: Conclusions

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Launch Plan

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The first editions of the Sustainability Index v. 1.0 and Proven Practice Workbook v. 1.0 are officially ready for distribution and use! Materials available via: APGA’s website under the Green Buildings and Landscape Professional Section . Or please give your business card to me ( Jim Fava ) or Kats Maroney and we will send you the link for download. Launch Plan - immediate

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Planned Launch Communications Formal Launch on 24 th May 2013 at APGA Conference Remarks by Chairman of the Board APGA and Executive Director APGA Growing Sustainability in our Garden News release (incl. Longwood and APGA websites, e-mail distribution lists, social media sites, etc.) Article in APGA’s Public Garden magazine 5 th Global Botanic Garden Congress, NZ (Oct. 2013) Other channels (TBD) Launch Plan - Immediate

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Provide Overarching Sustainability Program for Public Gardens: to further support the adoption and advancement of sustainability across the sector to administer and oversee the current use and future developments of the Sustainability Index , Proven Practice Workbook and other resources to establish a formal Index website that houses Index and Workbook as well as additional materials such as: FAQ document Sustainability Index Network a “Sustainability Challenge” for the Index community access to experts, training materials, additional resources / programs / initiatives, etc… Overview of Launch Plan - Pending

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Website (Enhanced) A central hub and info repository for public gardens with: sustainability resources additional guidance on specific attributes FAQs section access to experts / experience from peers case studies training materials access of relevant documents and future versions of Index and Workbook other (TBD) Launch Plan - Pending

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Training Regularly scheduled webinars to assist users with interpretation and understanding, answer questions, etc. Could initially be led by PE INTERNATIONAL and then handed off as gardens become more experienced In person training sessions to assist users in understanding and effectively utilizing the Index, Workbook and additional resources in implementing sustainability in their gardens Access to training materials and recorded sessions for ongoing use Materials may be housed on Longwood’s and/or APGA’s website Launch Plan - Pending

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Sustainability Index Network A network of practitioners with practical experience in the use of the Index and Workbook and who could openly share knowledge, expertise, real-time success, tips and advice with less seasoned users This network would facilitate the dissemination of evolving information and proven practices in between revisions to the Workbook and Index to always provide the most current information to public gardens via: Attribute-specific User Groups – that will meet at APGA and GB&L meetings to share proven practices, implementation experience, success stories, guidance, etc. Attribute-specific webpage on Sustainability Program website – to share similar information and resources to a wider audience. Each page will also contain a technical contact person to readily provide assistance Launch Plan - Pending

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Public Gardens Sustainability Challenge A voluntary initiative to help public gardens adopt sustainable business practices advance sustainability implementation across the public garden sector via some friendly competition and fun Similar in structure to the St Louis Green Business Challenge Checklist built around Sustainability Index attributes Gardens involved in this initiative, will be listed as “participating” and not scored on performance / implementation Through participation, gardens will be encouraged to compete against themselves (and not others) to continually build upon their sustainability implementation efforts Launch Plan - Pending

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Panel Discussion Perspectives of 4 Gardens Karen Petroff  Steve McCann  Deb Frank  Joel Perkovich

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Please describe the value of the Sustainability Index and Proven Practice Workbook to your garden? How do you perceive this value evolving over time? Qu estions for Assessment Participants 2. Having participated in the Assessment of the Index, how did you get started? What in your experience worked well? What do you think needs to be improved?

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This is the first edition of the Index and it is expected to evolve in terms of scope, information and use. What is the value of using this current Index ( i.e., version 1.0)? Qu estions for Assessment Participants 4. What type of additional support do you envision is required to facilitate successful adoption of the Sustainability Index? 5. What advice would you share with a public garden that is skeptical about the feasibility of using the Index?

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Questions & Discussion

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Gardens should obtain copies of the newly launched first editions of the Sustainability Index and Proven Practice Workbook share them with their staff and begin to assess and improve their sustainability implementation be prepared to review and take action on materials and initiatives related to the formal Index Launch Plan Next Steps Longwood and APGA will continue to: finalize Launch Plan and its elements further develop, implement and communicate initiatives associated with the formal Launch Plan broadly communicate the formal Launch and encourage use of the Index and Workbook by gardens internationally

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No part of this presentation may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the American Public Gardens Association. Copyright © 2013 by the American Public Gardens Association. All rights reserved. The American Public Gardens Association V ision: A world where public gardens are indispensable APGA 2013 Garden Evolution Conference _______________________________________________