June 21, 2009

Sustainable Landscape Construction

This book is full of both practical and clever ideas to integrate sustainable practices and green building techniques into landscaping and outdoor architecture. Chapters are thematically organized by the principles that they demonstrate. For example, "Keep Healthy Sites Healthy" highlights a non-mechanized construction method chosen to protect the mature trees in a forest location. "Respect the Waters of Life" shows a drainage system that collects roof runoff, directing it through the garden to create a beautiful water feature. Each chapter ends with a resource list that combines definition of terms used with citations to print and online resources that readers can go to for additional information on the topics that interest them.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors
2nd ed.
J. William Thompson and Kim Sorvig