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Author(s):Duffy, Marcia Passos
Author Affiliation:Freelance Writer, Keene, New Hampshire
Title:The green standard: Designing for sustainability and disaster resistance
Source:Landscape Construction. Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2008, p. 19, 32-33, 35, 38.
# of Pages:5
Publishing Information:St. Johnsbury, Vermont: Moose River Publishing
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Sustainable land management; Urban landscaping; Landscape design; Natural disasters; Construction; Environmental stewardship; Buildings; Nature conservation; Native vegetation; Planning; Low maintenance landscape; Parking lots; Pavers
Abstract/Contents:Profiles resort community, Alys Beach, in Florida. Explains that Alys Beach "incorporates 'green' ecological sensibilities to its buildings and landscape, as well as building for disaster resistance." Notes that the "eco-friendly buildings contain soy-based foam insulation, recycled drywall and geothermal heating and cooling. The landscape features native and drought-tolerant species and the community typically does not allow grass lawns on residential property." States that the community occupies "the last slice of beachfront property left on th Florida Panhandle." Mentions that "to protect the community's natural backdrop, the master plan calls for four zones of transecting ecology." Describes the landscape plan of the resort, noting that"more formal landscapes and hardscapes near the dense urban center (closest to the beach) transistion to looser, more rural landscape design to the north as it nears the wetlands. Each zone dictates how the landscape will look, including which native plants are best suited for the differing environments." Explains that they "have found a few nonnative species that are working well in this environment...the goal is to keep turfgrass confined to public areas for recreational purposes." Discusses a challenge with the community parking lot, stating that "sycamore trees were planted to help shade the cars and soften the hardscape, but planners didn't want the hardscape to interfere with the health of the trees, namely the absorption of rainwater." Concludes that "constructing homes is disruptive to the ecosystem" but Alys Beach planners are attempting to prevent that.
Note:Based on December 2004 (2:6) issue
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Duffy, M. P. 2008. The green standard: Designing for sustainability and disaster resistance. Landscape Construction. 6(4):p. 19, 32-33, 35, 38.
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