Green Roof on the EPA Region 8 Building, Denver, Colorado
This guide contains links to library resources related to Sustainable Landscape Practices, including indexes & databases that contain references on a variety of resources related to landscape. Links to other resources, including reference works such as dictionaries, glossaries and thesauri, links to government agencies that might have information on sustainable landscaping, and style guides for several horticulture and agriculture organizations. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Approaching the Assignment
The assignment requires that students identify a municipality that is implementing one or more sustainable landscaping practices and discus their efforts. One way to find a municipality that is implementing sustainable landscape practices is to look for news articles on sustainable landscaping. Access World News is an index to over 4,000 U.S. Newspapers that includes full text of many articles.
In some cases, sustainable landscape practices are codified (written into local laws). Once a municipality with sustainable landscape practices is identified, try to find the local municipal code on the web by searching the name of the city and state and then the word "government." One example is the Landscape Regulations from the Municipal Code for the Town of Gilbert, Arizona. One way to find cities with landscaping regulations is to search Google for a phrase like:
landscape regulations "municipal code"
Note that the words municipal code are in quotes. Enclosing terms in quotation marks means that they will be searched as a phrase, rather than as separate terms.
In the News
There has been some interesting news about native landscaping coming out of Chicago recently.
The City of Chicago encourages native plant gardens, and even gives awards for it. Their Sustainable Backyards Program Native Plants flyer even has recommended native plants. However, the city of Chicago's Department of Streets & Sanitation has been fining people with native plant gardens for violations of the weed ordinance, which defines vegetation taller than 10 inches that is not maintained as a weed. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the fines made $3.7 million for the City of Chicago in 2012. According to several news items in ABA Journal, at least one owner now has pro bono representation and is suing the City to have the ordinance declared unconstitutional.