Green Park Operations 4: Programs and People

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Understand how internal systems can be improved to best promote and implement green park operations within your organization and community.




About the Course

This course introduces park and public land managers to the many ways that landscape and grounds operations can adopt more sustainable practices that conserve energy and water resources, save time, money and manpower, and contribute to a healthier environment. This is accomplished through an exploration of composting systems, operating decisions, and sustainable alternatives for operations and maintenance.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. After completing the first course, Introduction to Green Park Operations, you decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Real world examples and case studies
  • Interactive learning opportunities
  • Informal quizzes
  • Final assessment
  • Post-course assignment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. A post-course assignment relating to the course content is also required and will take between 1-2 hours to complete. Upon successful completion of these activities you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters:

  • Defining Green Park Operations
  • Integrating Green Park Operations
  • Green Park Operations in Practice

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe sustainable practices as they apply to landscape and grounds operations.
  • Identify operating decisions for landscapes and grounds that increase energy efficiency.
  • List products for lawn and landscape care that are less harmful to the environment.
  • Describe how to operate a composting system for landscapes and grounds.
  • Give three examples of landscapes and grounds operating decisions that conserve water.
  • Identify strategies for the long-term management of green park operations as it relates to landscapes and grounds.

Recommended Background

This course of study is intended for managers and maintenance/operation employees of park and public lands agencies, but may be applicable to those in similar fields. There are no required prerequisites to take this course.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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