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Building Sustainability From the Ground Up. GreenScapes is:. Multi-media EPA Partnership Program designed to promote a wide variety of environmentally beneficial landscaping and land management practices. GreenScapes is:.

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GreenScapes is:

  • Multi-media EPA Partnership Program designed to promote a wide variety of environmentally beneficial landscaping and land management practices.


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GreenScapes is:

  • Designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution by encouraging more holistic decisions regarding waste, water, chemicals, energy, and land use.


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GreenScapes is:

  • Designed to provide cost-efficient and environmentally friendlysolutions - improving both an organization’s bottom-line and the environment.


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Think Big:

  • Roads & Highways

  • Commercial Buildings

  • Industrial Sites

  • Military Installations

  • Brownfields

  • Colleges & Universities

  • Recreation areas - parks, golf courses, ski resorts, amusement parks, …


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Think about:

  • Millions of tons of waste materials that are

    • Hauled away to a landfill,

    • Buried, or

    • Burned

      Each and every day from landscaping construction and maintenance operations:

    • Trees

    • Shrubs,

    • Brush

    • Lumber

    • Asphalt

    • Concrete, etc…


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Also, consider the millions of gallons of:

  • Water

  • Pesticides

  • Fertilizers

  • Fuels

  • Oil

    Used each & every day in building and maintaining these lands.


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Make more holistic and sustainable decisions regarding and the impact each of these has on the other:

  • Waste generation & disposal

  • Use of

    • Water

    • Chemicals

    • Air

    • Plants

    • Energy

    • Land & Wetlands


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The GreenScapes Solution Focus on the 4 Rs

  • Reduce

  • Reuse

  • Recycle

  • Rebuy


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Reduce:

  • The first and most important step towards efficient use of resources & pollution prevention.


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Reduce:

  • Waste generation by utilizing slow-growing, low maintenance plant materials.

  • Water use - Incorporate compost into the soil to help improve water absorption and retention.

  • Pesticide use - Implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

  • Energy - Strategically plant vegetation outside and around buildings to reduce indoor heating and cooling needs


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Consider: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Reduce or eliminate plastic silt fencing... and worse

  • Substitute with blankets, berms, and filter-socks made of compost.


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Compost provides: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Superior filtration & erosion prevention/control

  • More easily installed & maintained

  • Control & reduction of non-point source pollution.

  • Does not require removal or disposal from site once job is complete


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A few additional ways to reduce: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Reduce nonpermeable hardscape to minimize rainwater runoff & erosion.

  • Switch from benches, boardwalks & bridges made from wood to long-lived plastic lumber.

  • Conserve water and reduce maintenance by Xeriscaping.

  • Reduce chemical use by using native plants and organic biobased fertilizers.


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Reuse: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Key to effective management by making the most of your valuable resources -

    • Financial

    • Materials


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Reuse: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Waste - Chip woody waste and tree clippings into mulch for use on-site.

  • Reuse soils within the work site; create mounds or berms to serve as wind breaks or to add visual interest.

  • Water - Use collected rainwater for irrigation and water features.


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Ways to reuse: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Chip trees and wood waste into mulch.

    • Saves money on disposal costs and commercial mulch purchases

    • Provides benefits of mulch:

      • Moisture retention

      • Weed prevention

      • Erosion control


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Additional reuse options: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Disassemble and use structural wood elsewhere, sell or grind into mulch. Return wooden pallets to your supplier whenever possible.

  • Donate healthy plants to community gardens, schools, churches, or other local local non-profit organizations when updating or removing trees & shrubs from landscape.

  • Use alternative sources of irrigation water such as gray water, reclaimed water, and collected rain water.


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Recycle: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Save money on disposal costs, by recycling waste materials

    – you may even be able to get a few dollars for them.


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Recycle: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Waste - Send green waste and food waste that cannot be composted on site to a local composting facility.

  • Waste - Provide recycling receptacles next to trash receptacles.

  • Water - Recycle gray water for irrigation and equipment wash downs.


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Consider: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Recycle plastic fencing, barriers, plant & pesticide containers.

  • Collect and recycle used oil & tires from your vehicles and equipment.


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Rebuy: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Rebuying means re-thinking your purchasing habits.

  • Look for products that meet your needs but have a better environmental profile than your current product purchases.


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Consider: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Recycled content

  • Biobased products (incl. fuels & lubricants)

  • Renewable energy & products

  • Energy & water efficient

    Rebuying is key to sustainability by putting valuable materials back to work .

    Change your thinking:

    It’s not waste – it’s another resource.


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Rebuy: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Waste - Select long-lived durable products such as composite lumber.

  • Water - Install a green vegetated roof to reduce or eliminate stormwater and "heat island" effect.

  • Fertilizers - Purchase organic, biobased, or slow-release fertilizers

  • Energy - Use high efficiency lighting for roadways, parking lots, security, and landscaping.


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For example: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Use compost to minimize / eliminate:

    • Soil erosion

    • Runoff

    • Nonpoint source pollution

    • Irrigation

    • Fertilizers

    • Pesticides

      It’s both a recycled & biobased product.


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A Proven Technique or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Compost blankets, berms, and filter socks have been added to the US EPA menu of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for storm water management - NPDES.

  • State DoT’s are specifying compost for roadside erosion control.

    (http://www.dot.state.tx.us/des/landscape/compost/topsoil.htm)


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Did You Know?: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • For every 1% of organic matter, the soil can hold 16,000 gallons of plant-available water per acre of soil down to one foot deep!

  • Most soils average approx. 1% organic content

  • Healthy soils average 5-6%

    (5 x 16,000 = 80,000 gallons water holding capacity)


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Better, Faster, Cheaper Cleanups or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Provides an inexpensive & straightforward solution to managing hazardous industrial waste streams & remediating soils contaminated with toxic organic and inorganic compounds.


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Proven effective for: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Chlorinated & nonchlorinated hydrocarbons

  • Wood-preserving chemicals

  • Solvents

  • Heavy metals

  • Pesticides

  • Petroleum products

  • Explosives


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Returns site to precontamination condition or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Provides soil conditioning

  • Nutrients

  • Water retention

  • Erosion control

  • Micro-organisms essential for healthy soil


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Rebuy or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Select plastic lumber made from recycled bottles & bags.

    • Extremely durable

    • Lasts longer than wood

    • Requires less maintenance than wood

      • Labor

      • Paint / solvents

      • Repairs

    • Significant long-term savings.


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Rebuy or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Specify rubberized asphalt (made from recycled tires) for:

    • Walking paths

    • Bike paths

    • Cart paths

    • Parking lots

      Extends the life of the trails and reduces frequency of repairs.


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Benefits of just these 3 products: or maintenance to reduce future waste.CompostPlastic lumberRubberized asphaltEvery scrap of organics, plastics (LDPE, HDPE, PET), and tires generated in the entire U.S could be put to use by the landscaping industry alone.


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Benefits: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Equal or better performance

  • Material cost savings

  • Labor cost savings

  • All of this means money in your pocket.


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Reduced or maintenance to reduce future waste.water use

Reduced irrigation costs – water & energy

Reduced plant growth

Reduced plant maintenance

Reduced waste generation

Reduced labor – time & cost (maint. & disposal)

Reduced equipment operating times

Reduced equip. maint. – labor & supplies

Reduced fuel use

Reduced emissions

Reduced fertilizer use – material & labor savings

Reduced pesticide use –material & labor savings

Reduced nonpoint source pollution

Reduced exposure to hazardous materials

Reduce insurance costs

The Economic & Environmental Benefits of GreenScaping:


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Additional Benefits of GreenScaping: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Reduced exposure to

    your customers,

    employees, and yourself

    from potentially harmful

    chemicals, solvents, fuels,

    and pesticides.


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Additional Benefits of GreenScaping: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Improved competitive edge with reduced costs and improved materials & energy efficiency.


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Additional Benefits of GreenScaping: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Improved public perception of your business.


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Additional Benefits of GreenScaping: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

  • Knowledge that you are making a difference by helping prevent pollution, curb climate change, and reduce your “environmental footprint” on the Earth.


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GreenScapes or maintenance to reduce future waste.

EPA Partnership program to implement & promote “green” landscaping practices

  • Partners & Allies

  • Provides state-of-the-art recommendations

    • Web-based cost calculators & resources

      • Multi-media … continually updated

      • Large & Small scale

        National Recognition Program & Case Studies


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    GreenScapes: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

    • A growing group of organizations, large and small, coming together to promote green landscaping practices.

    • Currently 185+ including:

      • US Green Building Council

      • American Society of Landscape Architects

      • American Nursery & Landscape Association

      • Home Depot


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    Coordination with other national efforts: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

    • GreenScapesand EPA is actively involved in the Sustainable Sites Initiative

    • Many site features are not fully addressed under the current Green Building LEED® standards, but are essential to the sustainability of green spaces

    • Establish a standard for sustainable site design, construction, and maintenance with clearly defined metrics. The USGBC will incorporate SSI into the next version of LEED – a “bookshelf” system

    • For more info: sustainablesites.org


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    GreenScapes is also working with: or maintenance to reduce future waste.

    • EMS guidance to enhance and amplify green landscaping www.fedcenter.gov

    • The Federal “Green Highways” initiative

    • Both encourage more “sustainable” construction & maintenance practices


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    Waste or maintenance to reduce future waste.

    Water

    Pesticides

    Air quality

    Energy

    Chemicals

    CPG / EPP

    Green Buildings

    Brownfields

    Smart Growth

    Low Impact Development

    Green Infrastructure

    GreenScapes involves:


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    GreenScapes now includes information & recommendations for or maintenance to reduce future waste.Homeowners

    Commercial business Homeowner guide

    & industry guide


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    … educating homeowners by or maintenance to reduce future waste.

    • Working with local governments, homeowner associations, county extension agents

    • Working with large retail organizations such as Home Depot & Walmart

    • Working with and supporting our 190+ GreenScapes Partners & Allies


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    The Future is Now – or maintenance to reduce future waste.Get Ahead of the Game

    • More Federal, State, and local gov’ts will specify “sustainable” & “low impact development” techniques.

    • Businesses and industry are focusing on sustainability.

    • Homeowners are seeking out a growing number of “green” practices and products.


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    Step #1 – Save money or maintenance to reduce future waste. (via GreenScapes)Step #2 – Find new money:

    • EPA's 2008 Request for Applications for Smart Growth Implementation Assistance is now open until May 8, 2008.

    • Competitive solicitation open to state, local, regional, and tribal governments (and non-profits that have partnered with a governmental entity) that want to incorporate smart growth techniques into their future development.

    • For more information and application materials, please go to: www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia

    • www.grants.gov


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    Thank You or maintenance to reduce future waste.

    Questions?

    For more info …

    www.epa.gov/greenscapes

    Jean Schwab

    [email protected]

    (703) 308-8669

    Join Us!


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