Require all government buildings with yards to use envronmentally friendly landscaping. I have seen green grass on federal building landscaping in dought strcken areas. This must be a huge waste of water. But I have also seen checmicals used to defoliate rocked areas. The right mix is Zeriscape with natural plants and minimize environmental impacts. We need to set an example to our communities
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Challenge each agency to reexamine all areas currently being mowed and attempt to cut in half that wasteful activity. This will save on labor, equipment, fuel and maintenance costs while reducing air pollution and waste heat. Look for areas that can be mowed just once per year, perhaps at the end of the growing season and mulch the material in place to build up the soil and reduce transportation and landfill costs. Replace... more »
Create conservation gardens at Federal Facilities. Achieve low maintenance, beautiful landscaping while saving precious water and money. Incorporate native and drought tolerant flora, native bunch grass meadow (instead of traditional lawn), mulch and weed barriers (retain moisture, reduce weeds), hardscaping (stone, wood, dry creek beds, paths, patios), recycled materials, and a water efficient irrigation system (drip... more »
The use of native plants for landscaping around government buildings would save a significant amount of money. The cost savings would come from the lower prices of native plants, and the substantially less maintenance required for them. Native plants will not need fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and water (after the first planting). Native plants have longer lifespans and will not need replacement... more »
Rain capture is one of the least-expensive, and cost-effective modifications that can be made to a commercial building. The rain downpipes are simply diverted to inexpensive plastic rainbarrels. This rain water can be coupled with inexpensive gravity-fed drip irrigation tubes to water flower beds and shrubs and beneficial landscaping. Coupled with drip irrigation, Federal water costs can be reduced by up to 90% in certain... more »
Every year, right before graduation, at the US Air Force Academy a 3-foot strip of sod next to EVERY road in USAFA is replaced. Seems terribly wasteful! USAFA is located in a semi-arid region. Landscaping should reflect this fact. Next time, replace the sod with rock. You'll never have to do it again. I don't mind our military installations looking nice, mind you, but in this case the cost seems to exceed the utility.... more »
The core mission of the Naval Air Warfare Centers is to provide the highest-performing weapons systems at an affordable cost to the Warfighter. It is not the core mission to sustain vast lawns in the desert. The Department of Defense should cut landscaping costs and divert that savings into furthering the development of weapons systems. We will not win the next war by having the best lawns in the world. Beautiful,... more »