ecoPRO Sustainable Best Practices

This section outlines Sustainable Best Practices for landscape design, construction, and maintenance.

The best practices are organized around eight key principles:

  • Protect and Conserve Soils
  • Conserve Water
  • Protect Water and Air Quality
  • Protect and Create Wildlife Habitat
  • Conserve Energy
  • Sustain Healthy Plants
  • Use Sustainable Methods and Materials
  • Protect and Enhance Human Health and Well‐being

Click here to download a table of ecoPRO Best Practices that present choices for sustainable landscaping that a professional may apply to each site, as appropriate. The understanding is that every site and situation is unique.

Best practices designated with a diamond indicate a “core” best practice that ecoPRO certified professionals should employ on all sites, where applicable. Since many practices conform to multiple principles, the right‐hand columns cross‐link the practices to the applicable principles. There is some duplication of best practices. Underlined terms are defined in the ecoPRO Glossery, which can be found on page 27.

ecoPRO sustainable best practices align as much as possible with existing business and site certifications. There are several sustainable certifications applicable to landscape businesses and sites in Washington State. Some of these include: EnviroStars—a certification for businesses that reduce their use and input of toxics in the environment; Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES)—a national certification for landscapes designed, installed, and including a maintenance plan for sustainable practices; Salmon Safe—a land management certification for sites that protect water quality and preserve and restore habitat; the regional BuiltGreen, national LEED, and Living Building Challenge–green building certifications that include site development best practices; Greenroads—for road construction; and Envision—for infrastructure projects