Assistance for Public Agencies
StopWaste helps its Member Agencies enhance their communities with Bay-Friendly landscaping practices. We can assist elected officials and public agency staff including planners, capital project managers, landscape architects, engineers, and landscape maintenance personnel with:
- Obtaining technical assistance for using sheet mulch to convert lawns to water-saving landscapes and for creating Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes
- Reviewing RFQs and RFPs to include Bay-Friendly requirements
- Incorporating Bay-Friendly practices in landscape designs and documents at various stages of project completion, including schematic design, design development and construction specifications
- Selecting landscape materials that are consistent with Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes, LEED and GreenPoint Rated programs
- Providing presentations and trainings to city staff, elected officials, contractors and landscape architects
Benefits of Bay-Friendly Civic Landscapes
Bay-Friendly civic landscapes are found throughout the county, including parks, playgrounds, fire stations, libraries, community centers, street medians, and more. Bay-Friendly practices in public landscapes provide many benefits, including:
- Dramatically reducing irrigation water use compared to conventional landscapes
- Lowering maintenance costs associated with mowing, shearing and weed control
- Creating a sense of place that’s uniquely suited to our local climate, soils and topography
- Reducing waste and helping meet recycling goals
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Bay-Friendly practices also reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the landscape and prevent erosion that leads to sedimentation of waterways. This is why the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board explicitly and repeatedly references Bay-Friendly Landscaping as Best Management Practices in its Municipal Regional Stormwater NDPES Permit Program.
Spotlight on Civic Lawn Conversions with Sheet Mulch
Read about the City of Alameda Housing Authority's renovation of the landscaping at Independence Plaza, a 186-unit affordable housing complex for seniors. Labor- and water-intensive turf and lagoons were replaced with a no-mow landscape featuring California native plants. The changes are saving 1.3 million gallons of water and reducing maintenance costs by $12,000 annually.
Learn how the City of Pleasanton used sheet mulch to convert a lawn along Main Street to a Bay-Friendly landscape that is saving as much as 384,000 gallons of water annually. Sheet mulching the lawn instead of excavating it kept 16.5 tons of turf out of the landfill. The new no-mow landscape looks great, costs less to maintain, and provides bird and pollinator habitat and other benefits.