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Sustainable Sites Initiative 2008

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by ICT Bill, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    This first came out a year ago, they have taken suggestions and comments and this is the new 2008 version.
    The subject matter included in here is truely stunning, for all you landscapers out there that do large bids you will love the content, almost all of the verbiage can be used in bids. Finally your tax dollars going to something that actually gives back

    The Initiative envisions that sustainable land practices will enable natural and built systems to work together to protect and enhance the ability of landscapes to provide services such as climate regulation, clean air and water, and improved quality of life. Issues addressed
    include: materials management, soils, hydrology, vegetation, human health, and ecosystems services.

    This important milestone builds on the initial Standards and Guidelines:
    Preliminary Report released in November of last year. The new draft contains over 50 proposed prerequisites and credits ranging from site selection to sustainable maintenance practices. The metrics’ format will be similar to existing LEED tools in structure and will include the following components:
    Credit intent
    Ecosystem services addressed
    Social and economic benefits
    Submittal documentation
    Technologies and strategies
    The Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks Draft 2008 will be available for download and public comment beginning on November 10, 2008 at www.sustainablesites.org/report. The public comment period will close January 20, 2009. Public review and comment is essential to the successful development of these guidelines and performance-based benchmarks.
  2. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    good look-in out for this sort of thing, thanks Bill.

    did you catch the part about tax and impact fee credits? that's just what the doctor ordered, incentive that big company's can understand and not some hippie BS
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,308

    That is right ya hippie. :laugh:
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Here is an interesting paragraph from the book

    In the Chicago area alone, urban trees sequester roughly 155,000 tons of carbon a year—currently worth $620,000 on the Chicago Climate Exchange. And by providing energy savings in residential heating and cooling, the same trees help reduce carbon emissions from power plants by about 12,600 tons annually.21 In the continental United States, carbon sequestration alone provided by urban trees is estimated to be about 25 million tons per year,22
    which is equivalent to the carbon emitted by almost 18 million cars annually.23
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Then the Bureau of Land Management makes it possible for forest land to remain "NATURAL" so they can naturally burn every stinking year. Logging is evil , fire- good. Caveman? Hippie? Brainless Academic?
    Call them what you want - their care for National Forests makes them fools.
  6. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Smallaxe, you need to read Charles Mann's book "1491" every human inhabitant of north/central/south america used to use fire non stop except us. some of the first ship captains to visit stated that there was no underbrush you could ride a carriage right through deep forest. They apparently were much better managers than we are
  7. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    I've been in forests like that; 'virgin' forests up north on the Queen Charlotte Islands and in the high country near where I live before it was logged.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    So controlled fires are a good strategy. Logging off firebreaks is too. The "Back to Nature" mantra - has come to mean "Neglect". That is what irritates me most of all. Bad science just cost another 200 homes last week. What kind of toxins does burning a modern home put in the air?

    It makes 'planting a tree' to save the planet seem pretty futile.
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,308

    The reason why there is so much underbrush is because we cut down all the damn forests.
  10. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    Aye, and in our ignorance all the supportive fungi network was destroyed...forever. Replanting forests will never replace what has been destroyed....forever...or at least until the next extinction cycle takes place.

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