March 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm #174910
I am looking for any recommendations for articles on sustainable planning, ie stormwater management, carbon-reduction, etc as well as energy efficient planning for communities with particular regard for use of plants and trees. ANY online or hard copy publications in any format anyone could recommend would be very helpful.
THANKS!March 3, 2009 at 6:29 am #174916John MoeParticipant
I’ve been working on awareness to lawns in general, and the incredible impact they have; mostly because they are ubiquitous. I believe any small change we can make to the design (less lawn, for one example) and maintenance (let them grow a bit longer and aerate them to allow permeability) of lawn areas would have a huge imact in water savings, chemical use and suprisingly, carbon footprint (lawnmowers are little carbon factories).
Here’s a link with some information about Low Input Lawns from a local Extension Office: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG7552.html
MinneapolisMarch 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm #174915John MoeParticipant
As a followup to this, designers can change the way we specify lawn areas. We can spec seed or sod species that tolerate, or thrive under, lower maintainance regimens. We can set up proper site conditions by including even simple soil profile requirements and mitigating soil compaction.
Also, check out this page on Smart Irrigation Controllers.
And another link about low input lawns:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/h325lawn-lowmaint.htmlMarch 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm #174914
This is precisely the feedback I am looking for. I’ am currently working with a professor in the horticulture dept. at CSU looking for ways to use plants and trees in sustainable (ugh,,that word again) community planning. Smaller lawns/lot sizes may be a huge contributer to water savings and other issues..thanks!
-nMarch 3, 2009 at 7:04 pm #174913Roland BeinertParticipant
See if you can find a copy of Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development by John T. Lyle. You may have already heard of it. It was written by a landscape architect. He wrote another book that I’ve never read called Design for Human Ecosystems or something similar. Maybe I’ll hunt down a copy of that one myself.March 3, 2009 at 8:38 pm #174912
Thanks Roland, perfect..March 3, 2009 at 8:52 pm #174911biancaKOENIGParticipant
Have you reviewed the LEED ND materials? http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=148
Once in there, they cite all of their references. Also, check out your local USGBC Chapter for more info because sustainability is best accomplished with regionally specific designs.
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