Governance Policies, Ordinances and Taxes Guidelines on Sustainable Landscaping for Federal Agencies

Guidelines on Sustainable Landscaping for Federal Agencies
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This document provides guidance to improve the sustainability of Federal landscape practices. This guidance should be used by Federal agencies for landscape practices when constructing new, or rehabilitating existing, owned or leased facilities or when landscaping improvements are otherwise planned.

The Federal government controls or owns more than 41 million acres of land2 and 429,000 building assets, comprising 3.34 billion square feet of space in the United States.3 Consequently, landscaping practices by Federal agencies can have significant impacts on the environment. Decisions regarding the development and maintenance of Federal real property under Federal control and jurisdiction can provide an opportunity to promote the sustainable use of water and land, conserve soils and vegetation, support natural ecosystem functions, conserve materials, promote human health and well-being, and ensure accessibility for all users, including those with disabilities.4


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