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:
- Bay-Friendly Landscape Guidelines: Sustainable Practices for the Landscape Professional (also available in Spanish)
- Bay-Friendly Landscape Scorecard for Civic, Commercial & Multifamily Landscapes
- Bay-Friendly Rating Manual for New Civic, Commercial & Multifamily Landscapes
- Bay-Friendly Basics Checklist
- Bay-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Mulch (English and Spanish) and Mulch Case Study
- Bay-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Grasscycling (English and Spanish) and Grasscycling Case Study
- Bay-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Recycled Content and Salvaged Materials
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 Lists. Our 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 Category. This 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 Stories. See examples of Bay-Friendly home gardens, and multifamily, commercial, public and school landscapes in Alameda County.
New Report Adds Up 10 Years of Bay-Friendly Benefits
This new report lists more than 80 public and commercial properties in the county that have earned or are on track to earning the Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape designation.
Bay-Friendly landscape practices improve soil health, reduce waste, save water, and help keep our watersheds and our communities healthy.