About Us

ReScape California, formerly known as the Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition, is a non-profit organization that educates and advocates for a sustainable, regenerative approach to landscaping that works in harmony with the natural environment.

 

We address the following challenges:

  • California’s water supply is limited and under increasing pressure. Up to 30% of urban water use goes to landscaping.
  • Landfill space is scarce and there are significant economic and environmental costs to transporting and landfilling plant debris. In Alameda County alone, 110,000 tons of plant debris goes to the landfill each year.
  • Local creeks and the bay are impacted by inappropriate use of pesticides, affecting human health and wildlife populations.
  • Traditional landscape construction and maintenance practices of mow, shear, and blow contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
  • Biodiversity, ecosystem services, and aesthetic values of Bay Area natural resources are at risk.

We Promote Beautiful Regenerative Landscapes

In contrast to out-dated and wasteful approaches, ReScape California advocates for a new landscape aesthetic for California and The West through the ReScape Rating System, which evaluates the impact a landscape has on the environment. Projects that earn a ReScape Rated Landscape designation offer a number of environmental benefits, including significant reductions in water use, maintenance costs, stormwater pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more about Rated Landscapes here.

ReScape California is actively promoting the adoption of ReScape Rated Landscapes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area by:

  • Providing training to home gardeners and landscape professionals in sustainable and regenerative practices.
  • Encouraging Bay Area government agencies to sign a Declaration of Support for ReScape’s 8 Principles for Sustainable Landscapes. Twenty-eight agencies have signed already.
  • Coordinating the reprinting of sustainable landscape guidebooks at a reduced cost for member organizations. Over 50,000 guidebooks have been reprinted and distributed around the Bay Area.
  • Creating a third party rater system to evaluate new landscape design and construction based upon the ReScape scorecard.
  • Securing grant funding to provide Coalition members with a reduced cost to implementing the ReScape programs.

 

The Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition has changed its name to ReScape California to reflect its statewide scope and commitment. ReScape partners with local organizations, customizing best management practices for each region to establish sustainable landscaping practices in California.

 

Our Vision

By 2020, all jurisdictions in the nine Bay Area counties and many statewide, will implement practices for the built landscape, reducing critical resource use, protecting water quality, and improving ecological health for our communities. To achieve this vision, ReScape California brings together a wide range of partners and acts as a credible, practical and flexible one-stop center for sustainable landscaping training, technical data, and resources.

Our Values

Solution Oriented

We offer solutions to make the implemention of sustainable landscape practices and principles accessible and feasible to everyone.

Quality Standards

We provide quality standards and guidelines that are technically sound and realistic.

Leverage Partners

As an organization we leverage our partners’ and members’ capabilities and input to make the Coalition strong.