Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes
President Obama's Executive Order 13514 sets forth opportunities for Federal agencies and facilities to improve sustainability across their operations. To help achieve the policy goals of EO 13514, the US Council on Environmental Quality has issued Guidance for Federal Agencies on Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes. The guidance describes strategies to achieve sustainable landscape practices and is designed to be used by Federal agencies when constructing new or rehabilitating existing facilities, or when landscaping improvements are otherwise planned.
The Federal government controls or owns more than 41 million acres of land and 429,000 building assets, comprising 3.34 billion square feet of space in the US. Consequently, landscaping practices by Federal agencies can have significant impacts on the environment. Decisions regarding the development and maintenance of Federal landscaped property provide an opportunity to promote the sustainable use of water and land, conserve soils and vegetation, support natural ecosystem functions, conserve materials, promote human health and well-being, and ensure accessibility for all users, including those with disabilities.
The guidance is available here.