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Western North Carolina Green Building Council

Sustainable Site Planning


Conservation Economy - Providing a framework for an ecologically restorative, socially just, and reliably prosperous society, these 57 partners are adaptable to local ecosystems and cultures, yet universal in their applicability.

Drought-Tolerant Plants for North Carolina - Choosing plants is one of the most important parts of a landscape project. The plants should be compatible with the landscape design and well-suited to the environment, which includes the soils and light exposure. For a wise-water-use landscape, also known as a xeriscape, the water needs of plants are also important.

Trees are Good - This organization is a resource for protecting trees during construction and finding arborists to help you do so.

U.S. Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry - A great resource for information on urban forestry and smart growth.

Invasive Plant Species to Avoid - North Carolina Native Plant Society's species list for exotic invasive plants to avoid in landscaping.

Jetson Green Landscaping - Interesting 'green blog' with eleven suggestions for green landscaping.

National Wildlife Foundation's Garden for Wildlife Habitat Program - Create a beautiful NWF-certified Wildlife Habitat backyard or garden that attracts wildlife while replacing grass and reducing chemicals.

Native Drought Resistant Plant Species - North Carolina Native Plant Society's species list for native drought-resistant landscaping.

Permeable Pavements - Research links for permeable paving.

Permeable Pavement Options - This overview article from Mother Earth News includes approximate costs.

The Smart Communities Network - Offers great resources, tools, links to articles, publications, and community success stories on a variety of topics such as Community Energy, Green Development, and Sustainable Business.

Organic Growers School - Inspiring, educating, and supporting people to farm, garden, and live organically.