Video Workshops

Tree Planting and Canopies

James River Basin Partnership Project Manager Todd Wilkinson explains the importance of trees on everything from water quality to reducing your electric bill. Learn how planting trees in your yard can get you one step closer to Yard Ethic certification.

Join James River Basin Partnership’s Loring Bullard on a tour of his rainwater harvesting system and learn more about the rain barrel rebate program.

Lawn Steward Soil Testing

Get all the “dirt” about the importance of healthy soils from James River Basin Partnership Executive Director Brent Stock. Learn more about how to get a free soil test through Yard Ethic.

Learn home composting tips and tricks from Springfield Environmental Services solid waste division staff Ashley Krug and Laurie Duncan. Learn more about the Dish to Dirt composting education series and how to get a free composter bin.

All About Native Plants and Pollinators

Join Springfield Environmental Services’ water quality professional Sarah Davis as she explains how native plants help beautify homes, reduce stormwater, and provide habitat for butterflies and other wildlife.

Rain Gardens and Bioswales

Jon Moler from Springfield Public Works explains how rain gardens reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality. Learn how you can add the benefits of both to your property and take another step toward certifying your yard through Yard Ethic.

Residents Bob and Barb Kipfer provide a tour of their Yard Ethic Gold Certified yard. Learn about their favorite native plants and get advice on how to get started.