List of Resources
Knowledge is power. Our growing library of resources will help you make sound decisions. If you have an online resource you would like to share, please email us at info@melaweb.
We all know the importance of “the right plant in the right place.” It seems a relatively simple principle of sustainability. When we’re planting trees in urban settings, however, it may not be as simple as it seems. Sustainable urban tree planting, in fact, requires conscientious site selection, preparation and plant choice. For a comprehensive list of trees, including information about the best trees for urban planting, check out the Chicago Trees initiative list.
We all know the downside of using salt to remove snow and ice on roadways and driveways. For alternative methods being developed by MELA member Tim Caldwell, check out www.liquidicemeltsolutions.com
To read more background about the products Caldwell has developed, see www.melaweb.org/green-how.html
Sustainable Sites Initiative
is an interdisciplinary effort
by the American Society of Landscape
Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson
Wildflower Center and the United
States Botanic Garden to create
voluntary national guidelines
and performance benchmarks for
sustainable land design, construction
and maintenance practices.
City of Chicago's Department
of Environment has compiled
some useful information regarding
green roofs. Be sure to
check out on line the green
roof on top of city hall.
There is also a list of green
roof providers and green roofs
Pest Control Project is
dedicated to reducing the health
risks and environmental impacts
of pesticides and promoting
safer alternatives in Illinois.
has information you may find
Chicago Botanic Garden is
frequent host of the Mela Conference
and is a great resource for
information regarding landscape
plants of the Chicago and Illinois
region. Check out their
information resource page.
Case studies on trends in the
industry can be useful tools
to help make business and management
University of Illinois Department
of Natural Resources and Environmental
Sciences conducted studies
on industry trends that suggest ecological minded
decision making is becoming
important. Check it out
for yourself on their Illinois'
Green Industry Associations
The USDA has some very useful
information regarding soils
and soil management. The
site has various types of resources, but
be especially sure to check
out the information regarding
soil biology on their Soil
Please note that MELA does not endorse or support the content of linked sites or sponsoring organizations.