Water Challenges and Future Irrigation Practices
In the face of climate change, park and recreation professionals can take steps to conserve one of our most important natural resources: water. Join The Toro Company’s Jim Laiche for a discussion on challenges of maintaining water resources in a cost effective and environmentally sustainable way. Participants will explore basic design elements, including maintenance of proper water pressure, water flow and maximum capacity sprinkler performance. Learn about specific, recommended water conservation products as well as examples of sites using new technology that minimize water use while maintaining healthy vegetation.
Jim Laiche (he/him)
Water Conservation Business Manager
The Toro Company
Jim Laiche received his BS in Horticulture and Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. He has worked professionally as a landscape architect and design-build contractor prior to working with The Toro Company. Jim has been a Regional Sales Manager, Golf Sales Manager and is now the Water Conservation Business Manager with emphasis on central control equipment. Jim has taught hundreds of irrigation workshops at various national universities including LSU, UGA, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, NC State, Penn State, UVA and Virginia Tech. He has worked with many large institutions on reducing their irrigation water use, including Disney, University of Notre Dame, Central Park, General Mills, Yum Brands the US Capitol, Marriott and Darden Restaurants. He has obtained his landscape architect license, certified designer with the Irrigation Association, and Texas irrigator license. Jim was recently recognized by the American Society of Irrigation Consultants with the Roy Williams Memorial Award for contributions to the irrigation industry.
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