Impact Reduction Measures to Fulfill YOUtopia Pledge

To fulfill the garden pledge, choose from the impact reduction measures, below. Gardens may also select measures from the Public Gardens Sustainability Index (pdf)  and proven practices workbook (pdf) or can offer other areas where they are or will pursue sustainability efforts.

Institutional Climate Impact Reduction Measures                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Buildings and Landscapes: New facility construction is/will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED or other more specific elevated standards (such as the ILFI Living Building Challenge) compared to normal building codes. New garden designs will utilize sustainable or conservation-directed horticulture principles such as those from the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, or other programs.


 Water: Develop and implement watermanagement plans to reduce water consumption, improve water quality (such as wastewater treatment), and/or designs to manage stormwater,  (installing rain gardens), use of WaterSense (or equivalent) certified products, etc. are all examples that could be performed.




Energy: Energy conservation measures, increase energy use efficiency programs, and/or other documented reductions in the use of non-renewable energy sources. Purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products, choice of variable drive pumps/fans/motors for replacement, or an institution-wide goal(s) such as producing and/or purchasing increased amounts of our garden’s electricity needs from clean energy sources.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Waste: Develop and implement programs to measurably reduce solid or potentially hazardous waste and/or increase recycling and composting throughout the garden.





Transportation: Encourage use of and provide increased access to public transportation, carpooling, and biking for staff, volunteers, and visitors. Increased procurement of electric, hybrid, biodiesel, or other lowest impact vehicles/equipment when making fleet management decisions.




Food: Increase the use of locally sourced and sustainable foods in concession operations, use facility and/or staff knowledge in community garden and urban agriculture programs.


Procurement: Purchase or produce at least 80% of institution’s flora/plant supplies from local sources or using sustainable methods.