Sustainable landscaping doesn’t only benefit the environment; it can benefit your business as well. It can save your business money and earn your firm special certifications while contributing to a healthier Colorado Springs environment.
Many members of the Timberline team are certified with The Green Industries of Colorado (Green CO), and adhere to Best Management Practices for Sustainability. These environmentally friendly practices set “guidelines on how to reduce water consumption and protect water quality while producing, designing, installing and maintaining healthy, beautiful landscapes.”
We would love to assist your business through sustainable landscaping. Here are a few of the many reasons sustainable landscaping is a smart choice for your company:
Sustainable Landscaping Preserves the Water Supply
Timberline team member John Rainville explains that irrigation systems need to be used properly so that businesses are not over watering, which is harmful to the environment. “This is important because there is a limited water supply in Colorado Springs. There isn’t much precipitation here, so it’s important to save all the water that we can. Sustainable landscaping does that.”
Smart irrigation plays a huge role in protecting the environment. A business that practices sustainable landscaping stands out in their efforts to protect Mother Earth, and can also be recognized nationally for doing so through a LEED certification.
Sustainable Landscaping Can Help You Become LEED Certified
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, commonly known as LEED, recognizes buildings that are resource-efficient – saving water and energy, and reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED works for all buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.”
Depending on the project, many environmental certification options be can pursued. Volume certification is for those looking to certify multiple building projects. LEED campus and multiple building certification is for multiple buildings on a single site, such as a college campus. There are also options for federal agencies. There are fees and deadlines for the application process, so plan accordingly. LEED certification makes your building stand out nationally, and can earn your business federal and state tax credits.
Sustainable Landscaping Can Save Your Business Money
Did you know that practicing sustainable landscaping and smart irrigation can cut your business’s water costs by 20 percent? “Sustainable landscaping practices save a lot of money on your water bill, because your building will be using less water, but using it more effectively,” Rainville said.
Timberline Landscaping reduced a large business’s water usage in 2015 by 819,219 gallons, saving them $6,500 – all by putting sustainable landscaping practices in place, and won the ELITE Irrigation Management Award for the project.
Your business can also benefit from money-saving rebates from Colorado Springs Utilities. Evaluate where your business is wasting water and energy, put sustainable landscaping practices in place, and begin the application process for money savings.
From resource efficiency to prestigious certifications and money saved over the long term, sustainable landscaping is definitely worth the investment. Our team has many teammates certified with The Green Industries of Colorado ready to help you implement the Best Practices for Sustainability. For questions and pricing, request a consultation with us today.