CONTACT FOR THIS PROGRAM:
Phone: (619) 660-4023
Both Sustainable Development (SD) and Low Impact Development
(LID) are concepts that influence landscape practices. The practice
of Sustainable Development encourages resource use to meet human
needs while preserving the environment.
Sustainable Development provides that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come and are based on the criteria that societies need to manage three types of capital (economic, social, and natural).
Department of Environmental Resources- Low-Impact Development Design Strategies- An Integrated Design Approach
Sustainable design recognizes the special qualities of each region
and adapts landscape practices so that the site landscape and
maintenance will conform to the regional context. These regional
qualities are important in the design, installation, and care
of the landscaped site. A balance should be struck between what
is good for our individual landscape and what is good for our
The widespread use of economically and environmentally costly landscape practices are damaging. Tons of waste materials are cleared from landscape construction sites, are hauled away to landfills, or are burned. Trees, shrubs, brush, lumber, asphalt, and concrete, for example, are removed from existing sites to make way for new construction.
These costly practices can be reduced or eliminated with updated landscaping methods, such as:
If a landscape can be identified as sustainable, then it should provide more commodity or usefulness by requiring lower inputs than traditional landscapes.
And we can recognize a sustainable landscape if it produces fewer outputs:
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