You can encourage more Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes in your community by promoting model policies and ordinances addressing public sector and private sector landscape development.
The ReScape California Landscaping program provides presentations, trainings and technical assistance to staff and elected officials in the adoption of model policies. In particular, ReScape staff provides assistance in the adoption and implementation of a Civic ReScape/Bay-Friendly Landscaping Ordinance, a policy to require ReScape/Bay-Friendly practices are incorporated in publicly owned and funded landscapes.
It is recommended that member agencies adopt Civic Green Building and Bay-Friendly Landscaping ordinances and an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) policy to ensure sustainable design, construction and maintenance of civic buildings and landscapes. Our staff can make an integrated presentation on all three topics for planning commissions and city councils which defines the benefits and resources for this strategy.
Below are a selection of Model Documents to implement these sustainable ordinances or policies:
Below are examples of adopted ReScape/Bay-Friendly versions of the Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance which meet the requirements set forth by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Included are staff reports, resolutions, adopted ordinances, and letters of findings to DWR.
Larger landscape projects or projects wishing to meet a higher environmental standard are encouraged to use the full Bay-Friendly Landscape Scorecard. Landscapes that achieve the Bay-Friendly Basics are not considered to be Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes. In order to qualify as a Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape, a project must complete the entire Bay-Friendly Landscape Scorecard that has the 9 required practices as well earning a minimum of 60 points out of a possible 215 points. In addition, the scorecard must be evaluated by a qualified Rater. The Bay-Friendly Basics Checklist works well with the Green Building small commercial checklist.
Alameda County: Staff from Alameda County local governments interested in creating policies consistent with the Bay-Friendly Landscape Guidelines are encouraged to contact the program lead, Teresa Eade at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay-Area staff outside Alameda County: Staff from local governments outside Alameda County interested in promoting ReScape policies and ordinances in your community, please contact ReScape California at info@ReScapeCA.org.