You are here

A rationale for the establishment of alternative landscape practices based on an ecological approach at the University of Waterloo

TitleA rationale for the establishment of alternative landscape practices based on an ecological approach at the University of Waterloo
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsCento, G., C. McLaughlin, J. Proud, T. Rehder, and R. P. Smith
Abstract

‘Sustainability’, as a concept, has been in existence since the late 1970’s. The concept of sustainability is built on the conserver society ethic and has come into prominence since The World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) released Our Common Future, in 1987. Sustainability is increasingly being seen as a potential solution to current environmental problems. This report is in response to the WATGREEN initiative. The focus of this paper is the landscaping system on campus. In order to make landscape practices on campus more sustainable, this report will discuss sustainability and its underlying principles, and then assess current landscape practices and their levels of sustainability. Following the assessment, the report will illustrate the short-comings of University landscape practices and offer an alternative approach: the ecological approach. The goal of this study is to create a rationale for adopting a sustainable approach to landscaping on campus. The study team believes that, in the context of WATGREEN, the adoption of sustainable landscape practices must begin at the policy level. Recommendations will be provided to help in the adoption of sustainable landscaping practices on campus… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca