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  • Success Stories   
    The Dona Spring Municipal Animal Shelter, a beautiful new facility at the north end of Berkeley's Aquatic Park, replaces a well-worn shelter built in the 1950s. Named in honor Dona Spring, a former Berkeley Councilmember and longtime advocate for animal welfare, the new shelter is highly visible from the freeway and more accessible to visitors and volunteers.
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  • VF Outdoor's Bay-Friendly Rated office campus in Alameda
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    The office campus of VF Outdoor in Alameda features a sustainable landscape design that reflects the company's global environmental goals. The landscape includes a water-conserving and climate-responsive plant palette suited to the environmentally sensitive coastal setting, an edible garden that provides healthy food to the campus cafeteria, and a variety of outdoor spaces for meetings, relaxation and recreation.

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    Whether you're a property owner, manager, or developer, this helpful brochure provides tips and considerations when evaluating potential landscape professionals for your home garden or commercial property. 

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  • REACH Ashland Youth Center
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    REACH Ashland Youth Center is a state-of-the-art green facility developed and owned by Alameda County. The Bay-Friendly Rated landscape and LEED Platinum-rated building provide an inspiring, healthy environment for youth and reduce long-term environmental impacts.

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  • Success Stories   

    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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    Brochures   

    The Bay-Friendly Rating Manual for New Civic, Commercial and Multifamily Landscapes is an essential resource for achieving a Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape. It is written for landscape design and construction professionals and Bay-Friendly Raters to help them meet the requirements of the Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes program

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  • Brochures   

    Section 329300 Plants: Use this model language in your specifications. It covers several practices in the Bay-Friendly Landscape Scorecard such as soil testing, soil amendments and preparation, mulch requirements, and integrated or organic pest management.

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  • Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)
    Brochures   

    Download lists of Bay-Friendly plants to help you get started with finding the right plants for the different areas of your site and for different uses, such as lawn alternatives, butterfly hosts, and hedges.

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  • Harbor Bay Median, Alameda - A Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape
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    Download a brief presentation (in PDF format) showing the process of using sheet mulch to convert a grassy median to a beautiful, low water landscape at the Harbor Bay Business Park in Alameda, CA

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  • Policies   

    The County of Alameda and all 14 cities in the County have resolutions, policies or ordinances requiring that certain newly constructed or renovated public landscapes meet the requirements of the Bay-Friendly Landscape Scorecard. Download each jurisdiction's resolution or ordinance here. 

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