At AHA, (www.ahainc.org) “green” building is more than using recycled materials and native plants, it  is about building sustainable, beautiful and healthful places to thrive and create community. From the landscape planning to the finish materials, every effort is undertaken to use design strategies, systems, and materials that make long-lasting, resource-efficient, and healthy places.

At Harmon Gardens, a small but lovely backyard oasis was created with the help of the Bay Friendly program. Plants are hydro-zoned on contoured mounds which act as bio-swales that capture 85% of average annual storm water runoff. The water-efficient irrigation system has a weather monitor to prevent overwatering. Healthy soil means healthy plants so organic mulch and non-toxic pest management are used.