Jerry Goodspeed Common Sense Sustainability
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  • 1. Common Sense Sustainability: A Discussion on Reducing Inputs and Costs while Saving the Earth extension.usu.edu
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  • 4. Sustainability “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. extension.usu.edu
  • 5. “…meet[ing] the needs of the present generation…”  Landscaping Needs:  Aesthetics  Comfort  Emotional  Social  Financial  Food extension.usu.edu
  • 6. Impact  How does my landscape affect the world?  Butterfly effect  Ex: Back to the Future  Ex: Weather extension.usu.edu
  • 7. Impacts  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) extension.usu.edu
  • 8. Parts of the Landscape  Plant materials  Hardscapes  Maintenance  Other inputs/outputs extension.usu.edu
  • 9. Plant Materials  Right Plant in the Right Place  How does plant selection and placement affect sustainability? extension.usu.edu
  • 10. Sustainable? extension.usu.edu
  • 11. Plant Materials  Considerations:  Cost of initial plant  Pesticides required  Cost of replacement  Waste materials  Energy for removal, replacement  Fertility needs  Water needs  Benefits of plant extension.usu.edu
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  • 15. Plant Materials  Saving ideas:  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  Mulch area  Soil depth, improvement  Use low pest plants extension.usu.edu
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  • 17. Turf  Considerations:  Purpose of turf  Acceptable appearance  Grades/slopes  Other possibilities extension.usu.edu
  • 18. Turf  Inputs to consider:  Time required for mowing, edging, fertilizing, etc.  Fuel required for maintenance  Pesticides, fertilizers  Waste (clippings)  Medical bills… extension.usu.edu
  • 19. Expectations? extension.usu.edu
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  • 23. Turf  Saving ideas:  Minimal area to “meet the needs”  Grasscycle  Reduce slopes  Refine irrigation practices  Actually measure fertilizer amount/applications  Adjust expectations  Mechanical weed control extension.usu.edu
  • 24. Hardscapes  Path, deck, retaining wall, patio, etc:  Cost of materials  Longevity  Appearance  Porous vs. run-off concerns  Heat  Usability extension.usu.edu
  • 25. Hardscapes  Inputs:  Cost of materials  Input to obtain, transport, etc.  Durability  Replacement costs  Maintenance costs extension.usu.edu
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  • 27. Hardscapes  Saving ideas:  Permanence  Low input materials  Softer materials  Reusable extension.usu.edu
  • 28. Maintenance  Design to reduce maintenance inputs:  Edging  Mulches  Improve soils  Think simple  Right tool extension.usu.edu
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  • 32. Other Ideas  Build a healthy soil  Use organic mulch  Compost  Irrigate efficiently  Prune selectively  Diagnose problems correctly  Diversity extension.usu.edu
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  • 35. Questions? extension.usu.edu