Equity Office Properties was looking for ways to reduce landscape maintenance costs at its Drakes Landing Office Park property in Greenbrae, while also creating the sustainable, eco-friendly workplace its tenants desired. The solution? A landscape overhaul that included replacing water-guzzling grass with a striking expanse of native meadow flowers. The result is the first commercial landscape in Marin County to be Bay-Friendly Certified.
The renovation was designed by Susie Dowd Markarian and installed by Cagwin & Dorward. Design and installation were guided by Bay-Friendly principles to nurture soil, create habitat, reduce waste, conserve water and energy, and protect local watersheds and the Bay. The landscape was also designed to build community by creating inviting spaces in which people can gather.
The project included sheet-mulching over 50,000 square feet of lawn. Local organic compost and a thick layer of mulch were added to improve soil health and moisture retention, and leaky sprinklers were replaced with efficient drip irrigation and smart irrigation controllers.
The new landscape is not only beautiful but water-smart, requiring only about half the water of the old.
The Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Program was developed by StopWaste.org, an agency comprised of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and Recycling Board, to encourage San Francisco Bay Area residents to make environmentally friendly gardening choices. Want to learn how to make your garden Bay-Friendly? Join us for one or more of our FREE Bay-Friendly workshops this summer!