Dr. Gail Hansen
Dr. Hansen’s extension programs emphasizes socio-environmental design practices with a focus on water conservation, resource protection, and the social and cultural dimensions of landscapes, including barriers to adopting new landscape behaviors. Activities include workshops and presentations to promote Florida-Friendly landscape design as a strategy to conserve water and improve water quality through the use of landscape buffers on stormwater ponds and appropriate plant selection. The cultural dimensions of landscapes center on the social norms and attitudes that influence perceptions and preferences for visual quality of landscapes and the use of social norms as leverage for behavior change. Extension presentations and publications include landscape design principles, edible landscapes, Florida-Friendly landscapes, demonstration and teaching gardens, and sustainable landscape construction. Creative works include ten demonstration garden designs and a smart phone application for Florida-Friendly landscape plants.