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Sustainable Landscaping

Sustainable landscaping is the application of sound economic principles to eco-friendly ideas.  It’s based upon three key considerations; social, environmental, and economic. The goal is to create healthy, regenerative landscapes that are economically viable.  Sustainable landscaping saves money while also saving the environment.

The above photos are all winners of Excellence in Landscaping Awards in the categories of Sustainable Construction or Sustainable Maintenance [more]

Resources:

Contractor's Guide to: Small-Scale Rain Gardens
This resource not only addresses the "why" but also the "how" involved with rain garden site selection and installation. The guide covers:

  • Rain garden myths and benefits
  • Detailed site evaluation techniques and evaluation form
  • Design guidelines and principles (conveyance, grading, swales, piping)
  • Mulch applications and mulch varities
  • Site dependent plant selection guidelines and plant lists
  • Step-by-step construction instructions with photos
  • Maintenance considerations

The guide is free to ILCA members and public officials/public bodies by emailing a request to information@ilca.net. A digital copy is available for purchase to non-members in the ILCA bookstore for $25. Preview the guide [READ]

 

Sustainable Guide to Rainwater Harvesting
This guide offers step by step construction specifications for building a rainwater harvesting system. The guide covers:

  • cost and labor estimates
  • excavation and backfill estimates
  • materials needed
  • quantities
  • step-by-step instructions with photos

The guide is free to ILCA members by emailing a request to information@ilca.net. A digital copy is available for purchase to non-members in the ILCA bookstore for $25.

 

Sustainable Landscaping Maintenance Calendar
v2 Now with updated SNOW content!
This guide is intended to equip Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) members with all the tools necessary to implement a sustainable maintenance program. It takes into account the constraints of a landscape company in regards to costs, time, equipment, personnel, and horticultural knowledge. The guide is written so any landscape company can apply these maintenance principles to almost any commercial or residential landscape and improve the positive impact on the environment without sacrificing quality.

The guide is organized as a monthly handbook that doubles as a checklist. Each month, crews are equipped with specific instructions on what actions will be completed that month in order to maintain a healthy, regenerative, and successful sustainable landscape.

[Download the Sustainable Maintenance Calendar and Appendices]
(80 pages, 12MB. It is recommended you right click the link and select SAVE AS and print from your desktop as opposed to the internet)

 

Retrofitting Large Landscapes For Sustainability
This online handbook is for homeowner associations, property owners, managers, and residents of large and often, communal landscapes. The handbook is based on the idea that all parts of the landscape are interconnected and any change-even a small one-can improve the entire property, reduce its management budget, and help the environment at large. The guide is published through the Morton Arboretum and was developed with the help of ILCA. [Read]

Sustainable Landscape Awards
ILCA recognizes companies and projects who utlize sustainable construction and maintenance practices. The ILCA Excellence in Landscape Awards have recognized the following companies for their projects since the award began in 2009. The projects are judged on both their sustainable practices and aesthetics. These projects prove that sustainable = beautiful.

Year
Company
Project
Award
2014
Native Landscape Contractors, LLC
Chicago Botanic Garden
Gold
2014
Pizzo and Associates, LTD.
Brook Forest
Silver
2014
Pizzo and Associates, LTD.
Jackson Park-Bobolink Meadow
Silver
2014
Pizzo and Associates, LTD.
McCormick Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary
Silver
2014
Pizzo and Associates, LTD.
South Shore Cultural Center
Gold
2014
The Brickman Group
Woodfield Corporate Center 425-475
Gold
2013
Lupfer Landscaping
The Shedd Aquarium
Gold
2012
The Brickman Group
Lincoln Schaumburg Meadows
Gold
2012
Village of Schaumburg
Olde Schaumburg Center Parking Lot
Gold
2012
Sebert Landscaping Co.
Sebert Landscaping Corporate Headquarters
Gold
2012
Pizzo @ Associates, Ltd
Caterpillar-East Peoria Native Landscape
Gold
2011
Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.
Amcol International Corporation
Gold
2011
Lupfer Landscaping
A Riverside Retreat
Gold
2011
Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.
Nantucket Cove Homeowner's Association
Silver
2010
The Fisher Burton Company
Hinman Ave.-Evanston
Gold
2010
Sustainable Landscaping, Inc.
Sustainable Riverside Residence
Gold
2010
Lupfer Landscaping
Sustainable Maintenance in Hinsdale, IL
Gold
2010
Pizzo & Associates
Nantucket Cove Homeowner's Association
Gold
2010
Pizzo & Associates
Highland Lakes
2010
Pizzo & Associates
Vision Pickling
Merit
2010
Pizzo & Associates
VanDyke Residence
Merit
2010
Pizzo & Associates
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Silver
2010
Van Zelst Inc
Milburn Residence
Silver

 

Sustainable Landscaping Links:

Chicago Botanic Garden
The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world.

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Each year, nearly one million people visit the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres of land on and around nine islands. Six miles of shoreline extend along 81 acres of water, including the Great Basin, North Lake, and Skokie River Corridor. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

Chicago Wildnerness
Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. We are more than 260 organizations working together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend.
http://www.chicagowilderness.org

Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association (MELA)
MELA, Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, is a community of landscape designers, contractors, suppliers and nurseries committed to sustainability.
http://www.melaweb.org

Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum advocates the planting and protection of trees to create greener communities. In fact, we have been working for a greener environment since 1922. As the only Chicago area environmental organization focused on saving and planting trees, we are a leading center of tree expertise. A team of staff, volunteers and supporters partner together to address key environmental challenges in our urban communities.
http://www.mortonarb.org/

Openlands
Openlands unites the people and resources of the diverse Chicago metropolitan region around the goal of land and water protection, providing a healthy vibrant space to live and work.
http://www.openlands.org/

Safer Pest Control Project (SPCP)
Dedicated to reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides and promoting safer alternatives in Illinois.
http://www.spcpweb.org

Sustainable Sites Initiative
An interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.
http://www.sustainablesites.org

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
A 501c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Developers of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating process.
http://www.usgbc.org

Sustainable Landscaping Committee:

  • Tom Lupfer, CLT- Chair, Sustainable Landscaping Inc. and Lupfer Landscaping, Inc.
  • Jim Gorsline, Scott Byron & Co.
  • Catalino Mendoza, Midwest Groundcovers
  • Jessica Riedell- CLT, The Brickman Group
  • Barb Schwarz, Nature’s Perspective Landscaping
  • Dave Singler, Autumn Ridge Landscape and Design
  • Mark Toms, Western DuPage Landscaping
  • Jeff Swano, Dig Right In Landscaping, Inc.
  • Brandon Losey, Ringer's Landscape Service Inc.
  • Ed Beaulieu, Aquascape
  • Kevin Hebert, Kevin's Rain Gardens
  • Trish Beckjord, Midwest Groundcovers
  • Lisa Fiore- Board Liaison, Fiore Nursery and Landscape Supply
     
 
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