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Sustainable Landscapes 2020 Report

Since 2005, StopWaste has provided technical assistance, training, grants and other resources to help its member agencies promote and implement environmentally sound landscape practices. Our work together has had deep and lasting positive impacts on Alameda County communities.

In 2020, StopWaste is phasing out its Landscape Services project. We're confident that our member agencies have the expertise and motivation to continue upholding robust sustainable landscape standards in their communities.

We encourage public agencies and landscape professionals in Alameda County and beyond to engage with ReScape California (ReScape), a nonprofit organization that administers the ReScape Rated Landscape program and provides training and other resources for landscape professionals.  

Rated Landscapes in Alameda County, 2005-2020

In Alameda County, 84 properties have earned the ReScape Rated Landscape designation. ReScape Rated Landscape, previously known as Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape, is a mark of excellence for environmentally sustainable landscapes in Northern California. The rating program is administered by ReScape.

Click on each jurisdiction for a list of Rated Landscape projects.

Jurisdiction Number of Rated
Number of Lawn-to-
  County of Alameda 10   82.9
  Alameda 14   57.1
  Albany 3   7.0
  Berkeley 5   2.8
  Dublin 0   0.0
  Emeryville 10   11.6
  Fremont 3   4.7
  Hayward 9   103.0
  Livermore 0 1 0.5
  Newark 1   34.9
  Oakland 17 2 29.7
  Piedmont 0   0.0
  Pleasanton 2 1 4.5
  San Leandro 5   26.8
  Union City 5   4.5
  Total 84 4 369.9














*Lawn-to-Landscape projects did not pursue the full rating; instead, they used sheet mulch to convert turf to sustainable landscapes and implemented nine required practices in the Bay-Friendly checklist. 

Environmental Impacts

The Rated Landscape program uses the ReScape Landscape Scorecard to help project teams plan, track and verify the practices they implement to improve their landscapes. Here are some of the environmental benefits achieved by the 84 Rated Landscapes in Alameda County. Click on the images to learn more.  

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Landscape Professionals Training Achievements

Public agencies in Alameda County demonstrate their commitment to community and environmental health by investing in their landscape staff's professional development. As of June 2020:

  • Nearly 500 public agency staff in Alameda County have completed the Bay-Friendly or ReScape Qualified Landscape Professional Training.
  • Over 50 public agency staff in Alameda County have taken StopWaste's WELO Enforcement Training.
  • All 15 member agencies have sent staff to the ReScape/Bay-Friendly trainings.

Find out more about ReScape's trainings for landscape professionals.

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