Skip To Content
Landscaping for Resilience in a Changing Climate is a Course

Landscaping for Resilience in a Changing Climate

Started Mar 1, 2020

$25 Enroll

Full course description


The Earth’s climate is changing. Impacts - including higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and longer periods of extreme weather - are already being felt in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and are expected to worsen. The good news is that there are actions we can all take to help mitigate and adapt to the impacts and build more resilient communities. Landscape professionals, in particular, have a unique opportunity to address the effects of our changing climate. This course explains the difference between weather and climate, and provides an overview of how human activities are contributing to this rapid and unprecedented pace of climate change. Specific impacts to the Chesapeake Bay watershed are covered along with sustainable landscape practices that can be used to help mitigate climate change and promote resilience. Practices include using native plants and trees, designing for extreme precipitation, and installing resilient stormwater BMPs to mitigate flooding and other impacts. The course ends with a description of climate impacts and landscaping strategies specific to the natural and built environments at the water’s edge.

Course Outline

Module 1: Climate Change in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (25 min)

Module 2: Climate Impacts of Sustainable Landscape Practices (20 min)

Module 3: Climate Change and Native Plants (32 min)

Module 4: Climate Impacts on Stormwater (19 min)

Module 5: Impacts of Climate Change at the Water’s Edge (24 min)

Course Developers

                          MOST Center

This MOST Center course was developed by the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Program in partnership with the University of Maryland Extension and the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland.


     Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Logo           University of Maryland Extension Logo

                Environmental Finance Center Logo


A special thank you to the Chesapeake Bay Program for the course thumbnail image and other images used throughout this course.



Certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals (CBLPs) may use this course towards their recertification. CBLP CEUs are credited and issued by the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Organization and are not affiliated with the University of Maryland. This course is eligible for 2 CBLP CEUs. Learn more:



Release Date:
October 2019
2 hours
Eligible for:
Certificate of Completion,
Includes but not limited to: Landscape Professionals, Local Government Staff, and Non-profit Environmental Organizations
How to Enroll:


Course Notice: Non-credit courses and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) do not post to the University of Maryland transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record. Neither a grade nor credit is earned. Students do not receive a University ID card and will not be granted access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events. Non-credit students may access UMD Libraries as Visitors; see

This is an Office of Extended Studies (OES) administered course.