Sustainable Landscapes Resources

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MELA is pleased to provide resources to help you create a more sustainable landscape — whether that’s your own residential property or the property of a customer you are serving! Our first post is a list of questions for homeowners who are selecting a professional landscape service of any kind. you can access this comprehensive list HERE.

Important UIUC Extension information to share with clients regarding pets and pesticide safety.

Ball Publishing has recently launched New Terrain, an e-newsletter and website (www.newterrain.us) about functional plants and functional landscapes in urban and developed spaces. Written by Debbie Hamrick, it covers issues and initiatives in creating sustainable land worldwide.

How well has the City of Chicago done in addressing their sustainability priorities? You can find out in their Action Agenda for 2012-2015 HERE.

A recent study in Philadelphia did not find that elements of concern for human health were any different in GSI soils than in non-GSI soils. The authors conclude that urban soils in cities like Philadelphia in general may be of greater concern for contamination and that all soils in the study, whether they were in GSI or not, had greater levels of heavy metals than are recommended for ecological and residential use simply because they were urban. To read the full study, see Kondo, Michelle C.; Sharma, Raghav; Plante, Alain F.; Yang, Yunwen; Burstyn, Igor. 2015. Elemental concentrations in urban green stormwater infrastructure soils. Journal of Environment Quality. doi: 10.2134/jeq2014.10.0421. [12 p.].

 

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