Founded in 1899, it is the national professional association for landscape architects. Its mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. It is an active advocate at the local, state and national levels on public policy issues including licensure, livable communities, sustainable design, surface transportation, the environment, historic preservation, small business issues, and more. Landscape architects have advanced education and professional training and are licensed in 49 states.
This important plant preserve was once the private estate of a well known opera singer and socialite who gathered and tended spectacular collections of exotic and endangered plants. The garden displays are dramatic, unexpected and peppered with the whimsical. This 37 acre nonprofit botanical garden in Montecito has been open to the public since 1993. Lotusland’s outstanding educational programs and cultural events serve the local community and its innovative horticultural practices are shared with botanic gardens and garden-lovers around the world.http://www.lotusland.org/
The U.S. Green Building Council is a Washington, D.C. based organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings and their landscapes. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. Its LEED green building certification program is a nationally recognized rating system for all project types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.http://www.usgbc.org/
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is an infrastructure industry association that was founded as a direct result of research findings on the benefits of green roofs and barriers to industry development. Its mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roof infrastructure across North America and rapidly advance the development of the market for green roof products and services. Through their Green Roof Professional (GRP) Accreditation Program, workshops are offered on green walls, green roofs, urban forests, and rain gardens — covering policy, installation, systems and design, drainage, growing media, and more.http://www.greenroofs.org/
Built Green, Santa Barbara, is an environmental building program that distinguishes and promotes resource efficient development, design, and construction in Santa Barbara County. Green building practices go beyond energy and water conservation to incorporate sustainability, environmentally sensitive site and landscape planning, resource efficient building materials and maintaining superior indoor air environmental quality. There is an emphasis on waste reduction processes and design elements that reduce the impact on our environment to improve the quality of life for all in Santa Barbara.http://www.builtgreensb.org/