Students at the January Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional training in Lancaster evaluate a bioretention area
At the end of January 2018, a group of landscape professionals from across the region gathered in the City of Lancaster to learn about sustainable landscaping practices and to network with like-minded individuals. They left the two day training one step closer to becoming certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals (CBLP).
The CBLP program is a new, voluntary credential system for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes. The credential training and examination are based on a core set of standards in sustainable landscaping, emphasizing stormwater retrofit best management practices and conservation landscaping with native plants to benefit the environment. The training includes a day of classroom presentations and hands-on activities. The second day of the training is spent in the field, visiting existing stormwater practices and learning how to evaluate their functionality.
Kristen Kyler, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center Project Coordinator, co-taught this training as a recently certified CBLP Trainer. Kyler and Nick Myers, LandStudies Inc., are the first two certified trainers to be based out of Pennsylvania. This January 2018 class was the second training in the program to be held in PA with a third class being planned for this summer. Other trainings are being offered in Maryland and Virginia this spring. Since the program began in 2016, CBLP has certified 191 professionals.
To learn more about the program, to apply for certification, and to see when a training is available near you, visit the CBLP website