Environmental Responsibility

FNGLA-certified professionals safeguard the environment through adherence to industry best management practices.

Environmental StewarshipAt the core of FNGLA's certifications is competency of Florida Friendly Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Protection by the Green Industry.

Click here to review or download a copy of the BMP Manual!

FNGLA-certified professionals demonstrate proficiency in general horticultural knowledge, plant and pest identification, legal and regulatory issues, fertilizer use, landscape design, installation and management - all in compliance with Green Industry BMPs.

1. DEP Compliance & Best Management Practices

The Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs) are a science-based educational program for lawn-care and landscape maintenance professionals that teach environmentally safe landscaping practices that help conserve and protect Florida's ground and surface waters. GI-BMPs were developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in concert with Florida's green industry. The core of FNGLA's certifications (FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional) is designated by the Florida DEP as meeting or exceeding the requirements to be considered an equivalent program.

FNGLA's core certification provides the proof of training required by Florida Statute 482.1562 that states all commercial fertilizer applicators must have a license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by January 1, 2014. (Link to DEP Endorsement Letters here)

2. Water Management District Endorsements

The manual for FNGLA's core certification is endorsed by all five of Florida's water management districts as an excellent professional resource throughout the state. By following the recommendations in this manual, users will contribute to the enhancement and protection of water supplies and water quality while providing quality products to a growing market


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