TAG: sustainability

ASLA survey: Lighting, native plants trending in 2014

February 26, 2014By

Consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The survey also shows continuing popularity for sustainable and low-maintenance design. The survey asked residential landscape architecture professionals about the estimated popularity of various design elements... read more

Arborjet goes solar

February 21, 2014By

Arborjet made another advancement toward reducing its carbon footprint with the installation of a 60-kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy system to take care of 100 percent of the company’s electricity needs. Designed and installed by Astrum Solar, the more than $200,000 system is located on the roof of Arboret’s Worburn, Mass., headquarters in the form of more than 120 panels and... read more

A-LIST tackles turfgrass breeding

February 13, 2014By

Seed Research of Oregon, alongside Mountain View Seeds and LebanonTurf, initiated a new research and development program called the Alliance for Low Input Sustainable Turf (A-LIST). The nonprofit program aims to influence turfgrass breeding through creating trial guidelines and evaluation protocols to identify the best performing turfgrass varieties with reduced input demands. A-LIST will establish and monitor a voluntary evaluation... read more

Kohler blogs out sustainability strategy

December 13, 2013By

Kohler Co. created a story-sharing platform to highlight the successes around sustainability achieved by its associates, channel partners and consumers via a new blog, Believing In Better. “Believing In Better is grounded in humility and authenticity that each of us can be better, and that we must continuously improve every day. If we do that, then we believe the things... read more

3 keys to a ‘smarter’ business model

December 3, 2013By

EPA WaterSense Partner of the Year shares tips on how to successfully sell efficient irrigation systems. In October, Taylor Irrigation Service became the first Texas-based irrigation designer/contractor to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Partner of the Year Award. The EPA recognized the company for changing its business model by designing and installing irrigation systems that consume as much as 50... read more

IA, ASIC updated BMPs open for public comment until Dec. 10

November 20, 2013By

The Irrigation Association (IA) and American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) released a new version of the Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices (BMP), which will be open for public comment until Dec. 10. The update is the result of over a year of collaboration between IA and ASIC and reflects sound engineering practices as well as emerging technologies and techniques... read more