Building Green

Use Compost in your Green Building, Landscaping and Construction Projects!

Here are some resources to help you on your way

Factsheets

LEED and SITES credits for compost
Gives the basic run down on points you can get for incorporating compost for LEED and Sustainable Sites projects

Compost and Its Benefits
What is compost and how is it made? This USCC fact sheet summarizes the many physical, chemical and biological benefits that the use of compost brings.

Compost Use for Stormwater Management
This USCC fact sheet summarizes stormwater management practices that utilize compost. This includes rain gardens and other bioretention areas, infiltration zones, green roofs, compost blankets, compost berms and compost socks.

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Reprints

Using Compost BMPs for LEED Green Building Credits
by Britt Faucette, Ph.D., CPESC, LEED AP
COMPOST based best management practices (BMPs) are a natural fit for green buildings and have been increasingly incorporated in LEED certified projects. Reprinted from Land and Water, May/June 2009

Specifications for Using Compost for Highway E&S Control
These specifications contain all of the technical text found in the “Official” American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) versions found in their 2003 AASHTO Provisional Standards Manual.

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Presentations

Sustainable Landscaping Basics Presentation
By Ron Alexander, presented to the City of San Jose Sustainable Landscaping Workshop, October 2012

From Concept to Practice: Using Compost as a Strategy for the SITES™ Rating System for Site Sustainability. Presented by Frederick Steiner, Mark Simmons & Danielle Pieranunzi, University of Texas and American Society of Landscape Architects, at the USCC Annual Conference, January, 2012 in Austin TX [LISTEN HERE]

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Links

The Sustainable SITES Initiative
The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
LEED is an internationally recognized green building program.
 It provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

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