Benefits of Bay-Friendly Rated
It’s not a secret that landscapes that are rated by ReScape California are both beautiful and sustainable. In fact, growing numbers of property owners, tenants, and concerned citizens are becoming aware of the unintended consequences of conventional landscaping practices. These include excessive or inappropriate irrigation that wastes money and water, overuse of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and the noise, energy, labor and waste involved in mowing, blowing, trimming, and disposing of plant debris.
Bay-Friendly Rated provides a clear and quantifiable path to healthier landscapes.
It’s a flexible, systematic process that property owners and their landscape teams can use to create landscapes that look great, serve their intended purpose, and solve rather than contribute to environmental problems.
Property Owners Benefit from a Bay-Friendly Rating
Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes often see a reduction in landscaping labor of 30% to 70% thanks to practices like using recycled compost and mulch, grasscycling, and selecting right-sized, site-appropriate plantings. And typical Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes use as much as 50% less water than conventional landscapes. Bay-Friendly practices can also reduce the use of energy and cut costs and risks associated with the use of potentially harmful pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers.
Compared to conventional landscapes, Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 53 metric tons per acre. That’s equal to taking about 10 passenger cars off the road. Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes typically achieve a 70% to 80% reduction in stormwater runoff, which reduces flooding and erosion and helps comply with local stormwater management regulations. Bay-Friendly practices reduce and recycle waste, keep pollutants out of local creeks and the Bay, and provide healthy habitats for people, plants, pets, birds, pollinators, and other beneficial insects.
A Bay-Friendly Rating shows that a property owner cares about the health of the community and the environment. Owners of Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes are authorized to install signs indicating their Bay-Friendly status and can use the Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes logo in their marketing material.
Having a landscape Bay-Friendly Rated can earn credits in the GreenPoint Rated System and supports implementation of LEED credits. It can also help in complying with local, state, and federal water efficiency and stormwater requirements.
The Bay-Friendly Rating process includes third-party verification by a trained, independent Bay-Friendly Rater. This verification process gives property owners and the landscape project team confidence that the design will meet specific environmental standards, including MWELO.
Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes is a Bay Area standard designed specifically for the climatic, cultural and economic conditions in the San Francisco Bay Area. The rating system is a product of ReScape California, with the guidance and support of local governments, property owners and landscape professionals