CONTACT FOR THIS PROGRAM:
Phone: (619) 660-4023
Sustainable urban landscape encompasses a wide range of principles and practices that have been developed in response to a variety of environmental, economic and social issues. These issues influence every phase of design, and implementation, construction management, and maintenance operations.
In response to the challenge of developing principles and guidelines for sustainable development, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has created The Sustainable Sites Initiative TM (SITES). This set of voluntary guidelines and performance benchmarks is in the initial phase with a pilot program that examines ways to integrate the various stages of design through construction and maintenance. The program proposes a four star rating system on a 250 point scale based on achieving fifteen prerequisites that measure specific sustainable goals.
American Society of Landscape Architects— The Sustainable Sites Initiative
The Sustainable Sites Initiative's 2009 Guidelines for Performance Benchmarks
The use of Regional Materials supports our locally manufactured or quarried materials and the businesses and employees that they, in turn, support.
Some best practices that are aligned with the SITES objectives include:
Development practices should cause minimal site impact to existing vegetation which contributes to the removal carbon dioxide (a harmful green house effect gas) from the atmosphere and produces oxygen for other important organisms.
Sustainable design and development practices:
Heavy equipment grading disturbs the soil by altering the natural slope profile and compaction which promotes flooding from water runoff. This simple environmentally friendly practice protects our waterways and the lakes that use for our regional water supply.
Care should be taken to:
Top soils are the fertile and organically enriched soil often found in the top few inches of soil which can be removed & saved to be replaced after site has been graded. This practice helps to restore the soil fertility to the site and encourages the growth of new vegetation which helps to stabilize disturbed soils.
Best practices efforts to improve soils include:
Site restoration refers to the study and practice of renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment by active human intervention and action.
Factors to be considered when restoring habitats address the following causes:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Low Impact Development
American Society of Landscape Architects - Sustainable Sites Initiative
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