Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes are certified using a rating system that recognizes excellence in sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance practices. This voluntary rating system applies to new construction or major renovations of civic, commercial, institutional and multifamily property landscapes. It provides property owners and landscape professionals with a flexible, systematic framework for creating healthy, drought-tolerant and environmentally sound landscapes.
The Benefits of Bay-Friendly Landscapes
Incorporating Bay-Friendly practices in the design, construction and management of landscapes can provide many benefits, including:
- 50%–90% water savings compared to an existing conventional landscape
- 30–70% maintenance labor savings
- 85–95% weed suppression without toxic chemicals
- 70–80% reduced runoff
- 117 metric tons/acre greenhouse gas reduction equal to taking 22 cars off the road for a year
The Bay-Friendly Rating System can also assist projects meet and comply with the 2015 California Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.
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Seven Principles & Practices
The Bay-Friendly Rating System is based on the Seven Principles and Practices, Bay-Friendly Landscaping Guidelines and uses the Bay-Friendly Landscape Scorecard, a well-established tool that helps project teams plan, track and verify the practices they implement to improve their landscapes.
How to Become Bay-Friendly Rated
Bay-Friendly Rating is intended for landscape projects that:
- Are civic, institutional, commercial or multifamily residential properties;
- Are undergoing new landscape design and construction or major renovation; and
- Have an irrigated area of 2,500 square feet or more
How to Become a Bay-Friendly Rater
In order to receive a Bay-Friendly Rater Qualification, you must do the following:
- Hold a current Bay-Friendly Professional Design and/or Maintenance Qualification
- Attend a Bay-Friendly Rater Training
- Pass a final exam
Bay-Friendly Rater Trainings are held intermittently. For more information about upcoming Rater Trainings, look for postings on our Events Calendar or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ReScape California is here to help support in developing and qualifying these sustainable landscapes.
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