Rick Taylor has spent the last 20 years in Sonoma County studying, practicing, and teaching sustainability in the landscape. From professional trainings, to university students, garden clubs to elementary children, his deep understanding of the industry and ecology allows him to adapt talks for almost any audience. Rick merged a background in both horticulture and agriculture with his passion for the built environment and founded Elder Creek Landscapes, a design/build/maintain firm with a professional and ecological focus. Elder Creek has since transitioned into a Landscape Architecture Construction Project Management firm. In addition to almost two decades in the industry, Rick has also served on the Sebastopol Design Review Board, where he had major design input on the municipal drainage plan for the NEASP project. He also served as a core member to Sonoma State's Sustainable Landscape Professional Certificate program, where he developed the curriculum and taught classes on sustainable and profitable landscape maintenance techniques. Rick has given numerous talks for master gardeners clubs and community organizing groups, and leads hands-on volunteer events for Daily Acts, a non-profit focused on sustainability transformation.