The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) established its Environmental Research Funding Program in 1999 to support scientific research on water conservation and natural resource management issues as they relate to landscape design, installation, and maintenance, as well as to quantify and better understand the environmental benefits of landscaping.
The program currently uses two funds to accomplish its purpose:
The former is made up of contributions from individuals and the association as a whole. The latter was funded by a 2006 contribution from CLCA's Sacramento Valley Chapter. The Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF), a 501(3) charitable organization, maintains both funds.
CLCA issues a request for proposals (RFP) for applied research projects on an annual basis. To be placed on the association's mailing list for these announcements or to update contact information, qualified professional researchers at universities, colleges, and other research organizations should send their e-mail address to CLCA Assistant Executive Director Larry Rohlfes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research contributions are in the form of gifts or grants-in-aid to researchers or organizations conducting research. The program does not pay for university administration overhead. One hundred percent of all contributions must go to the researcher or researching organization.
CLCA's Research Advisory Committee awards the grants. The committee consists of the chair of the Resource Management Committee, the director of resource management, a representative from LEAF, a representative from Sacramento Valley Chapter, and at least two affiliate CLCA members from the academic community. If two affiliate members from the academic community cannot be found among the membership, other individuals from the academic community are appointed.
The Research Advisory Committee works independently or with the Resource Management Committee to prioritize researchable issues and to plan the annual RFP process.
Contributions to the Environmental Research Funding Program can be sent at any time to CLCA at 1491 River Park Drive #100, Sacramento CA 95815-4501. Tax-deductible checks of any amount are very welcome. They should be made out to LEAF Research.
CLCA recognizes all environmental research benefactors by listing them in the association's newsletter, The Cutting Edge.
For more information, contact Larry Rohlfes, CAE, at (916) 830-2780 or email@example.com.
Grant recipients are expected to submit a final report of their accomplishments and findings. These reports can be accessed below: