I had an intern of mind get in touch recently about sustainable job hunting. here's my reply
And her reply
That's great to hear from you! Thanks for sharing such insightful thought on current sustainability progress. I hope your friend is still pushing for beautiful but sustainable landscaping.
I think that a lot of current green certifications are starting to require projects to have non-invasive plants and rewarding more irrigation points to encourage drought tolerant plants, which I am not sure if it's the right kind of motivation.
And, I am noticing that most of the project don't really care much about the storm water management credits, and they will skip over them in a heart bit. That's very unfortunate considering how much environmental and public impact it can have on our lives. As you said, since people are motivated by beauty, maybe we can soon come up with genius idea or method that will attract people to invest more in stormwater management.
I think what you are doing with the green building tour and newsletters are so exciting and motivating for many of us who are passionate about sustainability and want to learn more.
I will be sure to be in touch if I end up going to any Greenbuild events in the future!