“Sustainability…meets the needs of the present generation
without compromising the ability of future generations
to meet their own needs”
United Nations. 1987. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, General
Assembly Resolution 42/187, 11 December 1987.
“…meet[ing] the needs of
the present generation…”
How does my landscape affect the world?
Ex: Back to the Future
Sensitive dependence on initial conditions
EX: How does misuse/overuse of chemicals affect our future?
Landscape is a mini-ecosystem that affects the
surrounding environments (landscapes) and thus the
surrounding ecosystems (world)
Parts of the Landscape
Right Plant in the Right Place
How does plant selection and placement affect
Minimal water, fertilizers, pesticides, pruning, etc.
Savings in energy costs, i.e. cooling, wind break…
Location to reduce mowing and other difficulties
Long term vs. short term
Soil depth, improvement
Use low pest plants