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Finding Water-Energy Savings from Efficient Landscape Design

The California Sustainability Alliance has released Water-Energy Savings from Efficient Landscape Design in California, a report documenting the key concepts for water-efficient landscaping. The report also estimates water, energy, and cost savings, as well as carbon sequestered, for a case study site in Southern California. The Alliance investigated landscape irrigation … Read more »

Xeriscaping Cuts Properties’ Water Use, Maintenance

Commercial properties can reduce water use, maintenance and costs while also improving stormwater management by xeriscaping — a low-water-use landscaping method that uses native plants — according to Buildings magazine. Xeriscaping selects plants that are drought tolerant and hardy against climate change. This can help buildings conserve water and it … Read more »

SDG&E Landscaping to Slash Water Use 40%

San Diego Gas & Electric expects its new water-wise landscaping project at Century Park, its Kearny Mesa headquarters, to save the utility more than 4 million gallons of water a year, a 40 percent campus reduction. Previously, SDG&E’s landscaping at Century Park was 71 percent turf that required irrigation and … Read more »

BofA before and after

Landscaping to Save 5M Gallons of Water Annually

Bank of America’s drought-tolerant landscaping is expected to save 2 million additional gallons of water over original estimates. In August, Bank of America announced water conservation efforts to transition traditional landscaping at six of its banking centers in Southern California to fully drought-tolerant landscaping known as xeriscaping. The pilot builds … Read more »

Bank of America xeriscaping

Bank of America Landscaping to Save 3M Gallons Annually

Bank of America has expanded its use of drought-tolerant landscaping and funded a $250,000 grant for drought research and response as part of its ongoing efforts to help address California’s severe drought conditions. The Pacific Institute on Monday received a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to … Read more »

NREL Wins SITES Sustainable Landscaping Certification

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s campus won a SITES certification for sustainable landscaping after participating in the Sustainable Sites Initiative’s pilot program. The pilot, which launched by in 2010, included 150 projects from 34 states. Roughly 30 acres on NREL‘s South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colo. were included in … Read more »