The Bay-Friendly Rating process gives property owners and their project teams confidence that specific environmental goals have been met, and publicly demonstrates the organization’s commitment to environmental stewardship and a healthy community.
As part of the rating process, project teams use the Bay-Friendly Landscape Scorecard to set their environmental improvement goals at the start of the landscape design process and to track their progress toward achieving those goals. Projects that meet the Scorecard’s nine required practices and earn at least 60 points on the Scorecard can earn the Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape designation.
Early in the process, the property owner hires a Bay-Friendly Rater. You can find a list of Raters on the Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Directory. These independent landscape professionals guide project teams through the rating system, provide important quality control for property owners, help streamline the process with their knowledge of the Bay-Friendly system and practices and handles the project registration process with the Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition.