383 Landscape Professionals Learn Environmental Practices through the FYN/CLIP Program

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  • 1Univ. of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center, Route 4, Box 4092, Monticello FL 32344;2 Indian River County Extension, 1028 20th Place, Suite D, Vero Beach, FL 32960; 3Univ. of Florida Environmental Horticulture Dept., PO Box 110670, Gainesville, FL 32611

The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program (FYN) provides special educational and outreach activities directed at the community to help Floridians reduce pollution and enhance their environment by improving landscape management. The Commercial Landscape Industry Professionals program (CLIP) was developed to provide training in FYN principles to Florida's landscape professionals. CLIP was pilot-tested from 1997 to 1999 in the six-county Indian River Lagoon area of coastal east-central Florida. Teaching resources, audiovisuals, teaching outlines, and reference materials were developed to create an FYN/CLIP curriculum, which was delivered to landscape maintenance personnel through a series of training programs. In addition, the pilot program developed marketing approaches, incentives, and recognition programs for landscape professionals to encourage their participation in CLIP training programs. Evaluations of training programs and results of pre- and post-test questionnaires demonstrate the effectiveness of the FYN/CLIP program.

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