About Us - Public Speaking
Sustainability for all the places between the buildings.
All of the following presentations are available to be given again. Please contact me if you'd like a talk or workshop held at your event or office.
Past Speaking Engagements (see Calendar of Events for future speaking engagements)

Here is a small sample of the places where Maria has presented:

Sustainable Principles for Land Development

I regularly present an overview of sustainable land development practices. The ins and outs of best management practices are described with an in-depth look at how non-structural (i.e. good planning, conservation) and structural (i.e. good engineering, mitigation) practices can reduce environmental impacts and support community health and well-being.

This is a presentation that I've given at design firms, non-profits, and public settings. Talking about his stuff is my passion, that's why I turned educating folks into a business. You too, could witness this fantastic overview for the low, low price of free, if you would only email me and schedule at time for me to come to your office (and also arrange for a computer and projector)!

Presenting at the Oregon Environmental Council's Stormwater Solutions event in Grants Pass, OR.


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Raingardens Workshop
This is an 8-hour workshop on the design, construction and cost estimating of raingardens that Derek Godwin of OSU Extension Service and Oregon SEA Grant invited me to teach with him at SPROut's first (annual) Soak It Up: Phytoremediation Conference. Practical hands-on learning is blended with technical presentations for experienced gardeners and land development professionals. Topics include raingarden definition, function, and importance; calculating impervious area; site assessment; infiltration testing; raingarden sizing considerations from models or rules of thumb; rainfall events; site constraint considerations & construction processes; cost estimating; and appropriate plant species. Click here for handouts.
Pervious Surfaces for Homeowners

In association with Portland Community College, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District invited me to do a presentation on pervious pavements as part of their educational series "Rain Gardens and More". Special attention was given to considerations for their target audience, homeowners in the East Multnomah area. This could be tailored for professionals or generalized for a larger audience if you'd like.

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Metro's Pervious Surfaces Seminar
Presented an introduction on appropriate applications of pervious pavements, site preparation, and touched on cost implications at two of Metro's Green from the Ground Up events on the east and west sides of the Portland region in 2007. Click here to see the pdf. I could easily expand this to be a workshop with detailed information about site consideration, modeling concepts, water quality impacts, etc.
Getting Green Built Right
Presented with Rob Fowler of Fortis Construction at Cascadia Region Green Building Council's Engineering Green Conference on contractor communication so that low impact designs are built to be true low impact solutions. (You should hire Rob for your next construction project; he really knows what he's talking about and he's easy to work with.)
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Updated 9 Jan 2015