20 Years + Impact
In the last 20 years, we’ve added nearly 1.5 million square feet of authentic, native habitat to LA and removed about 200,000 square feet of turf. As a result, each year, we now save LA well over 10 million gallons of water, reduce air pollution equivalent to a year of commutes for 59 cars, save our clients’ approximately $700,000 a year in lawn care, and keep 2400 lbs of toxic chemical fertilizers out of our watershed.
Smart Design Slices Energy Bills
Houzz. Spring 2012. By Cassy Aoyagi: Effective landscaping can produce environmental benefits in each of the green building categories defined by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED ranking system: water efficiency, indoor air quality, materials, atmosphere, sustainability and energy. For simple, beautiful landscaping strategies that save energy and money, read on.
Nature Is a Game Changer
USGBC-LA Collective Impact. April 2018. By Cassy Aoyagi: As green building leaders in Los Angeles, we can increase the health and wellbeing of all LA’s kids, all Angelenos, save families and the city money, all while mitigating climate change, drought and even fire. To do it, we need to start seeing the unseen. Spaces between buildings. (Video)
2 Gardens, 3 Fortunes
We find the tragedy of the commons tragic, in part, because common spaces hold the keys to community wealth building. Two gardens, featured on the 2018 Native Plant Garden Tour, showcase how communities can turn the tragedy of the commons into joy – and fortune. Here, they illustrate three ways to win with money by giving common spaces a little love.
Let’s Make Our Own Luck
By Cassy Aoyagi: If a lifetime of digging in with Angelenos has taught me anything, it is that one person can transform a community. Here are a few things we can accomplish right now with just our hearts and hands.
Garden for Grades
schools are among the most important places for green spaces […]
Gravel vs. Grass (Energy vs. H2O)
The (False) Choice Between Water and Energy Savings Our wet-to-dry […]
LEED Points for Devices
LEED® POINTS FOR LANDSCAPING DEVICES While California’s new Water Efficiency Landscape […]
LEED with Landscape Standards
dwell on design discussion looks beyond water savings to LA’s […]