Sustainable Lawn Care Provider Program
- In: Program Materials
- Updated 14 Oct 2013
The Sustainable Lawn Care Provider Program is a voluntary program that sets the bar for sustainable-minded, operated and managed lawn care providers. Not every lawn care provider will choose the path toward sustainability, but those that do will become leaders in the industry that stand the test of time.
The basic objective of The Sustainable Lawn Care Provider Program is to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, create healthy, productive environments, and inform the public, residents, guests, clients and employees about the benefits of sustainably managed landscapes.
Through participation in the program, ISC/Audubon is able to assist lawn care providers who desire to manage and operate their businesses sustainably. The program is geared toward assisting those seeking to become local, regional, national and international models of sustainability by incorporating sustainable principles, concepts, and management strategies.
Everyone has responsibilities for the future of our planet. This includes responsibilities at home, work, and in society in general. It is incumbent on each of us to take positive actions toward the common goal for being socially, environmentally and economically responsible where we live, work and recreate.
A Sustainable Lawn Care Business is managed by using practices that preserve limited and costly natural resources, reduce waste generation, and help prevent air, water, and soil pollution. The goal is to minimize environmental impacts and maximize value received from dollars expended.
Striving for and ultimately achieving the Seal of Sustainability from the International Sustainability Council (ISC), and becoming Certified by Audubon Lifestyles means that the Lawn Care Provider is setting the new standard for excellence. Certification coupled with the Seal of Sustainability indicates that the Lawn Care Provider has adopted and put into place recognized Best Management Practices that equal environmental superiority, social responsibility, and economically vitality.
Lawn Care Providers who complete the requirements of the Sustainable Lawn Care Provider Program become global examples of excellence not only regarding the business’s facility itself, but in regard to the actual landscapes that they maintain.
for Lawn Care Providers and Landscape Companies
What Are the Benefits? When landscapes require excessive amounts of water, energy, labor, and other resources, environmental and economic costs outweigh many of the natural benefits of urban landscapes. In contrast, sustainable landscapes feature healthier, longer-lived plants that rely less on chemical pesticides and fertilizers, minimize water use, and reduce waste generation and disposal. They also require less maintenance and alleviate groundwater and air pollution problems.
HOW TO BECOME CERTIFIED
DOES YOUR BUSINESS SELL PRODUCTS OR SERVICES IN THE LANDSCAPING INDUSTRY?