The Case for Sustainable Landscapes is a companion volume to the much larger report titled The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009. It provides background on the Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM; a set of arguments— economic, environmental, and social—for the adoption of sustainable land practices; additional background on the science behind the performance criteria in the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009; and a sampling of some of the case studies the Initiative has been following. (2009) The Sustainable Sites Initiative.
“The science demonstrates that humans are an integral part of the environment. As people acknowledge this link, they recognize that human decisions and behavior are in fact components of a global feedback loop: what people do affects the health and well-being of the rest of the natural world, which in turn affects human health and well-being—physical, mental, economic, and social.”
The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009