Archive | Sustainability

Biophilic Design Is Coming to a Building Near You

by Rebecca Lindenmeyr The realization that nature can heal us is hardly new, but recent research has shown just how much we benefit from its close proximity. A 2016 review of 52 scientific articles on the ancient practice of Japanese “Forest Bathing”1  presents data to support that we have a positive physiological reaction when we […]

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Solutions Abound

by Courtney White This excerpt is adapted from Courtney White’s book Two Percent Solutions for the Planet (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015) and is printed with permission from the publisher. We live in an era of seemingly intractable challenges: increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, rising food demands from a human population that […]

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Conifers: The New Foundation Planting

by Christie Dustman I couldn’t help but notice what plants did well this summer during and after the horrendous drought. You named it – conifers! If you looked around while driving, you may have seen what I saw – Pieris, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hydrangeas, and the almost indestructible burning bush looking pretty sorry this summer in […]

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Native Shrubs for the Increasingly Challenging Landscape Environment

This article previously appeared in the Connecticut Botanical Society Newsletter by Dr. Jessica Lubell The sustainable landscape featuring native plants is a rapidly expanding trend in horticulture. Native plants enhance the local ecology by providing habitat for wildlife and support for pollinators. A number of important ornamentals have been identified as invasive and will no […]

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Members Making a Difference

ELA recently wondered what our members are up to. What changes have they seen in their ecological landscapes and what new directions do they see their businesses or organizations going in the next few years? What ecological practices are resonating with their clients? We’ve asked a few members to give us a glimpse inside their […]

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Invasive Plant Species Management

by Michael DeRosa Invasive plants tend to be fast growing species found throughout abandoned landscapes, roadsides, along stream banks, and neglected gardens. These plants are effective in occupying areas otherwise controlled by our native species. As the range of non-native, invasive species expands they displace our native species and can have a profound effect on insect […]

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Can Electric Equipment Revolutionize Landscape Maintenance?

by Jamie Banks Reprinted with permission from Turf magazine’s website, For more information, please visit the website or I first met Dan Mabe in April 2013 on the UCLA campus. Mabe is founder of the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), a training and certification group for electric landscape maintenance equipment and gas-free “Green […]

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Landscape for Life: Put your Garden to Work!

by Alexandra Torres Our gardens have both a responsibility to support life and the potential to provide incredible benefits. As our population and urban areas continue to grow, our natural areas and the services they provide are seeing a decline. Offsetting this decline by building healthy, productive landscapes “at home” is critical to sustaining life. […]

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The Green Alley, the Water Table, and the Ostrich

by Heather Heimarck Boston Architectural College’s “Green Alley” was built with the intention of creating a replicable model that would ameliorate negative environmental impacts caused by urban streets and high building density. Cities lack porous surfaces to return stormwater into the ground due to road, rooftops and sidewalks built with non-absorptive or impervious surfaces. The […]

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by Heather Whitlow The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. With 90 Case Study Briefs, over 100 Fast Facts, and dozens of Benefits Toolkit calculators, is sure to become your go-to place to find design precedents, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape […]

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