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Compost tea and organic fertilizers keep this landscape thriving. Author’s photographs, except as noted

In 1987, a United Nations Commission, the Brundtland Commission (named after its chair Gro Harlem Brundtland), argued that sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” As Dr Brundtland put it, “the environment is where we all live, and development is what we all do in attempting to improve our lot within that abode. The two are inseparable.”

As people interested in horticulture, whether we are “developing” our own small plot of land at home or a larger commercial property, we must consider the inseparableness of our development actions and the environment. Most, by now, have heard of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, a third-party, green building rating system administered by the US Green Building Council. This program focuses primarily on the building envelope (walls, roof, etc), building systems, and construction technologies. New to most is the Sustainable S...

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