Posts Tagged ‘Speaking Engagements’

Reflections on Brave New World: Trends in the Landscape Irrigation Industry

Recently, I spoke to the Indiana Irrigation Contractor Council’s Winter Education Session. I presented my seminar, “Brave New World: Trends in the Landscape Industry.”

I feel the seminar was incredibly helpful to the folks in the audience. Based on conversations I had with audience members, some of the points they found most interesting were the changing roles of women in work and current trends in the landscape industry.

I also feel I learned a few things through interaction with some of my class attendees. Some of the lessons I will take away from the class are contractors are ready to invest in marketing to grow their business.

I am look forward to my next speaking engagement on February 24th on Permeable Paving at the Chicago Center for Green Technology.

“SMART” Landscape Irrigation

Orlando, Florida

Febraury 4, 2011

The water we use to irrigate our crops is vital and still we as a nation continue to practice inefficient irrigation methods. Current irrigation practices waste an exorbitant amount of money and water using our current process.

Commercial and residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for more than seven billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation.”
—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA estimates over three and a half billion gallons of water are wasted every day with inefficient and ineffective irrigation practices.  More than fifty percent of irrigation water used in residential and commercial irrigation systems is wasted.
In this presentation delivered for the Irrigation Association’s Point of Connection: Irrigation Contractor Leadership Summit at Walt Disney World, Barrett presents the “State of the Art” in irrigation design and installation. Barrett presents a comprehensive and sometimes controversial exploration of alternate water sources as well as the EPA WaterSense Program, SMART irrigation technology and current regulatory trends in the irrigation industry.
SMART Landscape Irrigation (Orlando, February 2011)

View more presentations from Tom Barrett.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding that stormwater is the largest source of water pollution in the United States.
  • Sustainability starts with the landscape. Developing a functional landscape is the most effective and efficient means of remediating the environment.
  • Combining “green infrastructure” with existing, conventional “gray infrastructure,” as well as combining new technology with old technology creating a sustainable future.
Relaxed style with great input!”
Kris Keckley, Rain One Irrigation
Open mined approach to “green” building and use of landscapes.”
– Judy Benson, Clearwater Products & Services
EPA WaterSense 2010 Partner of the Year
Tom, as usual you did a great presentation!”

Brent Mechan, Irrigation Association

Sustainable Landscapes Presentation from the Indiana Green Expo

Indianapolis, IndianaPlant Trees

January 18, 2011

Developing Sustainable Landscapes for a Sustainable Future

Recognizing sustainability as merely reducing energy waste, recycling, or conserving water is a common misconception. In truth, the greatest impact on the environment you can make is right in your own backyard.

The landscape industry was “green” before green became fashionable. The focus of this presentation is how the landscape transcends beauty into functionality. The landscape is one of the only site improvement that can be made that enhances and remediates our environment.

Most aspects of environmental consciousness focuses on how we minimize human impact. We save energy. We save heat. We reduce trash. We reuse. A well designed landscape will truly in improve our environment.

Trees and plants cleanse the air, sequester carbon, and can reduce a building’s heating and cooling needs by 20%. A well designed landscape makes for a healthier, happy environment.

In “Sustainable Landscapes” you will learn that by combining green technology with existing gray technology, combining new technology with old technology, we can create a healthier, more satisfying environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding that stormwater is the largest source of water pollution in the United States.
  • Sustainability starts with the landscape. Developing a functional landscape is the most effective and efficient means of remediating the environment.
  • Combining “green infrastructure” with existing, conventional “gray infrastructure,” as well as combining new technology with old technology creating a sustainable future.

The wastewater facts are eye opening. Thanks for a very informative presentation!”

—Jacob O’Neal

The speaker, Tom Barrett, is motivational and knowledgeable.”

—Kristi J. Clark Snyder

A positive message for change. THANKS!”

—Abigail Surles

Reflections on the Indiana Green Expo Presentation

Recently, I spoke at the Indiana Green Expo, where I presented “Sustainable Landscapes.

According to feedback from audience members, the presentation was very informative.

They shared with me that some of the most useful and informative points were:Natural Water Cycle Image

  • New architectural design concepts incorporating “green” technology
  • Water reuse and end collection
  • Release of sewer water into local waterways with as little as ¼” of rainfall
  • Real-life examples of rainwater harvesting
  • Adventures in green industry are at an exciting point
  • People were surprised at the usefulness of landscapes in remediating environmental issues

I also learned people are interested in hearing more about:

  • Becoming local experts in rainwater management
  • Learning more  about air conditioning condensate recovery
  • In-depth training on how to construct rain gardens and install permeable paving

I truly enjoyed speaking at the Indiana Green Expo for such an energetic and enthusiastic crowd. The Indiana Green Expo (IGE) is Indiana’s most comprehensive green industry educational conference and trade show. The Indiana Green Expo had great educational sessions, a great audience, and a great show!

I look forward to my next speaking engagement on “Applying Smart Technologies to Rainwater Harvesting, Green Roofs, LEED Projects and Storm Water Issues” at Irrigation Association’s Irrigation Contractor Leadership summit at Walt Disney World, February 2–4.

Sustainability Starts with Your Landscape – Upcoming Presentation

Tuesday, January 18th; 1:30 − 2:30 P.M. at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

Coming up shortly, I’ll be giving my presentation, Sustainability Starts with Your Landscape on January 18th at the Indiana Green Expo.

Integrating nature’s resources for a sustainable site saves money and improves our environment. Rather than minimizing impact, the landscape is one of the few activities that improves the environment. Landscapes filter our air and water, sequesters carbon, creates oxygen and reduces our our heating and cooling needs.

Recognizing sustainability as merely reducing energy waste, recycling, or conserving water is a common misconception. In truth, the greatest impact on the environment you can make is right in your own backyard. In this session, discover how to grow and prosper in the rapidly developing field of sustainable site development.

“Through the increase use of landscapes we can actually improve our environment,” said Barrett. “and through increased awareness of landscapes as a functional part of our community, we can improve our water systems, cleanse our air, and create a better environment for plants, animals and people.” In his presentation, Barrett will explain just how essential some of these tools are to efficiently utilizing and managing resources.

Learning Objectives

• Understanding that stormwater is the largest source of water pollution in the United States

• Sustainability starts with the landscape. Developing a functional landscape is the most effective and efficient means of remediating the environment.

• Combining “green infrastructure” with existing, conventional “gray infrastructure,” as well as combining new technology with old technology creating a sustainable future.

Looking Ahead

As 2010 winds down we gear up for a new year, I will be conducting several presentation at conferences throughout the Midwest. You can find me in the following places:

  • January 10, 2011 – I will be speaking at the National Green Centre Conference in St. Louis. Topics I will cover include sustainable landscaping concepts like Rain Gardens, Bioswales and Resource Efficient Landscape Irrigation. To find out more information, please click here.
  • January 18, 2011- I will be speaking at the Green Industry Expo in Indianapolis.  I will focus entirely on Current Trends on Sustainable Site Development and the importance of landscapes in remediating the environment. To find out more information, please click here.
  • February 4, 2011 – I will be at Walt Disney World, presenting Applying Smart Technologies to Rainwater Harvesting, Green Roofs, LEED Projects and Storm Water Issues at the Irrigation Association’s Point of Connection: Irrigation Contractor Leadership Summit.  To find out more information, please click here.
  • February 15, 2011 – I will be presenting Brave New World: Current Trends in the Irrigation Industry for the Indiana Irrigation Contractor Council. For more information please click here.
  • February 24, 2011 – I will be at the Chicago Center for Green Technology presenting Permeable Paving, New Tools for Sustainable Development. The second in a three part series on Sustainable Site Development.
  • March 31, 2011 – I will be back at the Chicago Center for Green Technology presenting Constructing Rain Gardens and Bioswales. The third part of the Sustainable Site Development series.

I look forward to all of my upcoming presentations. I hope to see you at one of them!

National Green Centre Conference

Women as Change Agents in the Emerging Green Economy

What is going on?

Wealthy Women – In the United Kingdom there are 72,000 female multimillionaires – up 40 per cent from 2004 (Financial Times, March 27,2010).

Working Women – From 2000 to 2005 of all new jobs created in America over the median income level ($48,000), 89 per cent were filled by women.

College Educated Women – Although men go to college at the same rate as women, more woman graduate college than men. Two out of every three undergraduate degrees are earned by women. Women exceed men in the attaining advanced degrees, i.e. masters and doctoral degrees.

Professional Women – Seventy-five per cent of all professionals in America are women.

Employed Women – Of the 5.1 million jobs lost in America, almost 80 per cent have been lost by men.  Women are at parity in the percentage of the employed population.

Women have come a long way. It was only eighty years ago women earned the right to vote.

What is going on?

Why women? Why Now?

The opportunity is great.  The opportunity for change is greater.  The need for change is greatest.

In the last twenty years the poorest people in the United States became poorer. The richest people made the most mistakes with the least amount of accountability.  What is going on?  The need for change has never been greater.

Women have never had a greater opportunity to create change, to have an impact on society, than today.

Tom Barrett Announces New Speaking Engagement

Tom Barrett has recently announced upcoming speaking engagements for January 9-10, 2011. Please see the video below for more information.

For more information or to register, please go to www.nationalgreencenter.org.

Tom Barrett to speak at Society of Women Engineers Meeting

Chicago — Local environmental expert Tom Barrett will speak at a meeting of the Society of Women Engineers meeting at the Illinois Institute of Technology, September 29, 12:50 to 1:40. His presentation, “Women as Change Agents in the Emerging Green Economy,” will help to educate and empower young women, and teach them how they can make a difference in their professional careers.

“Women are a critical part of the green revolution,” said Barrett. “I’m excited to talk to these young engineers about how they can make a positive impact in environmental engineering.”

For more information about the Society of Women Engineers, please visit http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org.

Local Sustainability Expert to Speak at Chicago Earth Day Fundraiser

Chicago –Tom Barrett, nationally-recognized rainwater and sustainability expert, will be the featured speaker at Earth, Wine, and Fire Earth Day Benefit. Barrett will be discussing sustainable development as part of this special Earth Day event. He will be available for interviews regarding Earth Day throughout the week of April 19.

“Earth, Wine, and Fire is a great event,” said Barrett. “I’m honored to be a part of it, and to help raise money for the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Making our cities greener and more sustainable is necessary for our future, and improves our quality of life.”

Earth, Wine, and Fire will be held April 23, 5-11 p.m., at the Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago.  Tickets are $25 in advance, or $35 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Neighborhood Technology. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.earthwineandfire.com.