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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.

New Report Adds Up 10 Years of Bay-Friendly Benefits

Sustainable Landscapes in Alameda County, 2006-2016

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.


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


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