The American Society of Landscape Architects shows how to use plants to make homes more energy efficient

From Green Right Now Reports

Landscapes can help neighborhoods keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

We know this. Still homeowners, and especially developers, typically don’t maximize on the opportunities provided by strategic tree placement, green roofs and walls and yard vegetation.

The American Society of Landscape Architects is here to help. Using a government grant (you can thank the National Endowment for the Arts), the ASLA produced a series of five animations and instructional guides aimed at teachers, students and homeowners who want to learn more about sustainability. The set of videos can be found at the ASLA’s Sustainable Landscapes webpages.

Anyone who’s cringed at the site of a new development on land that was scraped clean by a bulldozer will appreciate this one on Energy Efficient Home Landscapes:

The ASLA’s Sustainable Landscapes program also features projects across the country that have reclaimed land for gardens, put landscapes on high rise rooftops or created wild landscapes near offices. These object lessons feature a building with a green roof in Seattle, a landscape laboratory in Tuscon and New York City’s High Line park, and other endeavors.

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