A free program on May 3 will explain what’s involved in replacing your lawn with water-efficient landscaping and how you can qualify for rebates to replace your lawn and create a rain garden. You’ll also learn why artificial lawns are not a planet-friendly solution.

Presented by the Citizens Environmental Council, “Get Paid to Replace Your Lawn” will feature Tom Francis, Water Resources Manager for the Bay Area Water Conservation Resource Agency (BAWSCA), and Sigalle Michael, Sustainability Program Manager for the City of Burlingame. It will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Burlingame Community Center at 850 Burlingame Ave. in Burlingame.

Admission is free, but preregistration is required at https://tinyurl.com/ReplaceLawn. This program is cosponsored by Burlingame’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

BAWSCA’s “Lawn Be Gone” program offers a rebate of up to $4 per square foot, depending on your city, and up to $500 per household for lawns that are replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping. Adding a rain garden to your project can add a rebate of up to $300. Enrolling in BAWSCA’s Smart Irrigation Controller program qualifies you for a discount on the Rachio 3 sprinkler controller. Click on your city to see which rebates you are eligible for.

The Citizens Environmental Council’s mission is to champion regional sustainability through education, advocate for environmental and climate policies, and empower young environmental leaders. For more information, visit cecburlingame.org or email info@cecburlingame.org.