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Saturday, 23 February 2008

American Society of Landscape Architects Makes 6 Sustaintable Recommendations

The American Society of Landscape Architects published a sustainability report on 15 February 2008 makes the following recommendations:
  • Encourage sustainable site planning for new communities and buildings of all types.
  • Require open space and parkland preservation as a component of all public and private development, from small site-specific projects to regional land use plans.
  • Encourage the research and use of native and adapted vegetation in the built environment to take full advantage of the most appropriate plants to increase air quality, conserve water resources, and sequester carbon dioxide.
  • Encourage the use of sustainable stormwater management practices that enhance the treatment and increase the infiltration of stormwater.
  • Encourage the use of green roofs on public and private buildings of all types.
    Require comprehensive transportation and utility planning as a component of land use planning, matching infrastructure capacity with current and proposed land uses.
  • Encourage the development of smart growth communities.
    Enact policies that support design of safe transportation routes for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and those who use wheelchairs.

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