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Resources for Landscape Professionals

In 2004, StopWaste launched the Bay-Friendly program to increase awareness in Alameda County of wasteshed/watershed connections. Bay-Friendly standards have subsequently been endorsed by public agencies, regulatory bodies, environmental organizations and academic institutions across California and beyond.

Bay-Friendly programs are now managed by ReScape California. StopWaste continues to offer these resources on our website as a service to our Member Agencies and landscape professionals working in Alameda County. 

Landscape Standards & Guidelines. These are the core Bay-Friendly publications for landscape professionals:

Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance Tool Kit. StopWaste's WELO Tool Kit includes model checklists and a water budget/water use calculator to help local agency staff streamline WELO enforcement. 

Lawn-to-Garden. Created by StopWaste, this regional website is a one-stop shop for Bay Area home gardeners and landscape professionals to find tools and resources to convert lawns sustainably with sheet mulch. 

Bay-Friendly Plant ListsOur plant lists are a good starting place for selecting Bay-Friendly plants suitable for specific areas of your site and specific uses.

Resource List by CategoryThis list shows resources for landscape professionals organized by the categories in the Bay-Friendly Scorecard: Site Planning, Earthwork and Soil Health, Materials, Planting, Maintenance and Innovation.

Success StoriesSee examples of Bay-Friendly home gardens, and multifamily, commercial, public and school landscapes in Alameda County.

Find Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes in Your Area

Sustainable Landscapes in Alameda County, 2005-2017

In Alameda County, 70 properties covering 328 acres have earned the Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes distinction.


Browse our Resource Library for more ideas and inspiration for reducing waste at home, at work and at school.