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Multifamily Landscape Success Stories

High performance landscape strategies can reduce operating costs and create a healthier environment for residents—important considerations for any property owner, and especially for owners and managers of housing for low-income residents and seniors. Check out these examples of multifamily housing developments in Alameda County that have earned the Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes designation. You can read more Landscape Success Stories here.

  • The Casitas Alameda Homeowners Association, a community of more than 400 homes, used sheet mulch to replace a large swath of lawn with colorful, climate-appropriate plants. The new landscape is expected to use two-thirds less water than the lawn.

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  • 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.

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  • Merritt Crossing is the first building in California to achieve Energy Star certification under the multifamily high-rise rating system. The project also received LEED Platinum, GreenPoint Rated and Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape certifications.

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  • Clinton Commons is a 55-unit affordable housing development that is helping to revitalize Oakland's lower San Antonio neighborhood. The project has earned both the Bay-Friendly Rated designation for its sustainable landscaping and LEED Platinum certification for its green building features.

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  • Shinsei Gardens Apartments, Alameda - A Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape

    Shinsei Gardens is an award-winning housing development with 39 apartments for low-income households. With a Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape and LEED Platinum and GreenPoint Rated buildings, the project provides residents with a healthy and attractive environment indoors and outdoors.

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  • Harmon Gardens apartments, Berkeley
    Harmon Gardens provides 15 studio apartments for one of the Bay Area's most underserved populations, transition-age youth. The community provides a permanent home where residents can develop independent living skills while receiving supportive services.
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