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omeowners can have a large impact on a region’s water quantity and quality based on their landscaping. In-ground, automatic irrigation systems are common in many residential neighborhoods, and PIE Center research aims to inform and empower residents to use irrigation systems efficiently. Click on the project names below to read short summaries, download final reports, useful graphics and more.

Automatic sprinkler

High water users’ opinions of water usage in southern Florida

Faculty: Alexa Lamm
Staff: Melissa Taylor
Funded by: UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology

Researchers surveyed south and southwest Florida homeowners known to be high water users to measure their perceptions of water issues and engagement in conservation behaviors compared to the general public. The goal is to identify the barriers associated with engaging in water conservation efforts. The results will drive Extension program development around water use education in these areas.

Final report

 

 

Landscape irrigation projects

  • Creating & measuring sustainable landscape water conservation behaviors

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm, Joy Rumble Staff: Emmett Martin Graduate student: Anil Kumar Chaudhary Funded by: UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology Building off of previous research, PIE Center researchers will explore factors that influence sustainable behavior among residents who use landscape irrigation and present the information in practical tools Extension professionals can use to better target their efforts.
  • Using audience segmentation to target water education

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm, Joy Rumble Staff: Emmett Martin Graduate student: Courtney Owens, Anil Kumar Chaudhary Funded by: UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology Partnering with faculty from the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, PIE Center researchers will survey homeowners living in neighborhoods governed by homeowner associations. Researchers will determine what messages are most effective in inspiring engagement in water conservation behaviors associated with their landscapes, as well as testing audience segmentation techniques to target Extension programming in the future.
  • High water users' opinions of water usage in southern Florida & Orlando

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm Staff: Pei-wen Huang Funded by: UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology Researchers surveyed south and southwest Florida homeowners known to be high water users to measure their perceptions of water issues and engagement in conservation behaviors compared to the general public. The goal is to identify the barriers associated with engaging in water conservation efforts. The results will drive Extension program development around water use education in these areas.

    Southern Florida High Water Users' Public Opinions of Water in FloridaActive Irrigation Users' Public Opinions of Water in Florida EDIS Series

  • UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology branding focus groups & communications audit

    Funded by: UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology The UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology promotes the protection and preservation of Florida’s natural resources through responsible landscape management. CLCE offers various landscaping and gardening programs that cater to multiple audiences. These programs include: Florida Master Gardeners, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods and Gardening in a Minute. CLCE asked the PIE Center to perform a communications audit and series of focus groups in order to understand Master Gardeners' and county Extension agents' current perceptions of CLCE as well as new branding ideas.

    Communications audit report  Branding report

  • Florida Sod Growers Cooperative communications audit

    Funded by: Florida Sod Growers Cooperative In effort to communicate with its audiences effectively, the Florida Sod Growers Cooperative (FSGC) approached the PIE Center with interest in conducting a communications audit. The goal of a communications audit is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organization’s communications practices internally within the organization as well as externally among its stakeholders. The PIE Center requested and received a representative sampling of materials used by the FSGC, including newsletters, brochures, press releases and audio files.

    Final report

  • Gardener perception of turf grass

    Funded by: Florida Sod Growers Cooperative The Florida Sod Growers Cooperation enlisted the PIE Center to conduct a survey of horticulture Extension agents, master garden coordinators and master gardeners, seeking to measure the perceptions of turf grass. Together, the PIE Center and FSGC crafted a web-based questionnaire that was sent to a sample of 100 horticulture Extension agents, who were asked to forward the survey to master gardeners and coordinators.

    Final report