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Associate, Todd Halamka + Partners, Ltd

Well organized and presented. Fairly basic information (as advertised).

A&D Specialist, Formica Corporation

It was nice to be able to read at my own pace and not have to wait for someone else to read aloud to me.

Sr. Project Planner, STV Inc.


Senior Associate, Gensler

Terrific ideas and a great level of detail!


Artificial turf is carcinogenic, dangerous to play on, and usually underlaid with a layer of styrofoam (when installed professionally over large areas). I would caution against advertising this as a green alternative to plant material.


Very informative




Interesting! Most ideas can be easily done by any home owner

Electromechanical Engineer, Electro Technical Services

Good course.


Succinct. Perfect. Informing

Property Manager, JLL

Interesting ...

Civil Engineering Principal, SHN Engineers & Geologists

lots of good info on how to implement eco friendly landscape options for your home

Architect, Edwards + Hotchkiss Architects



Nice summary of the best practices

Project Manager, STV Inc.

awesome ideas, I plan to implement several

U.S. Army

Slides were easily read and understood.

Registered Architect, LEED AP BD+C

Promoting artificial turf seems very inappropriate to me.


Very practical ways to improve the environment by replenishing the water table and reducing the heat island effect. Cities should encourage home owners to incorporate these improvements.

Energy efficiency manager, Saint-Gobain RUS


President, RIM Architects

Good course!

Project Manager, Weis Builders

Not much information that is practical for a first time home owner like myself to use.


Good course

President, Rerooted Life
Pro Reviewer

There is no audio or video in this course. It is a learn-by-reading experience which may or may not serve your learning style.

The first page of the course is an advertisement for GBRI. This would be best served at the back of the course material and replaced with a page that restates the course title, description and learning objectives.

The course description states the course is part of a book, The ROOTS of a Greener Home. This is acceptable, however the course developer should take some time to further develop a course intro page and a summary page at a minimum. It feels like 28 pages have been ripped out of book with little thought to framing it for the USGBC Education audience.

The second page looks like a table of contents/course overview but the topics are addressed in a completely different order. Reorder list on this page to be consistent with order topics are presented.

“It is not advisable to cut down trees” is a broad statement. In general I concur, but there are cases (risk to structure, allelopathic toxicity) when it may be best to remove the tree. Consider rephrasing sentence to read, “In most cases, it not advisable…”

The “Project Ranking Box” provided with each topic uses the GBRI logo as a ranking symbol. The symbol is difficult to initially interpret and too self promoting. Consider using a simple star or solid dot (e.g. Consumer Reports).

While the images for the “Stormwater Planter Boxes” are beautiful, the addition of simple section drawings of each of the three types of planter boxes would be very helpful in visualizing how each planter system works.

Xeriscaping has the connotation of very little irrigation being required. This is not clearly communicated or emphasized in the “Xeriscaping” topic content when Step 6 is “Install drip irrigation…”Irrigation should be optional and even discouraged. Consider adding language of “Choose plants that can be watered when initially planted until established and then require no permanent irrigation,” and/or “Opt for non-permanent irrigation system that can be removed once plants are established.”

In “Planting Trees”, “Steps: 3. Identify”, the last bullet has a misspelling. It should read “Wind angles..” “Steps: 8.” has the number 8 twice.
Recommend adding note to look for recycled content inorganic mulch, similar to how it was emphasized for artificial turf.

“Driveways: Why do it?: Environmental Qualities” font size is inconsistent.

The two images used to demonstrate “Rainwater Management” (especially the first image) look like commercial applications. Consider finding an image of permeable paving that is in a residential area.

The image of the goats on the green roof in “Managing Rainwater with Green Roofs” is charming but very pixilated. Please find a better quality / higher resolution image.

The image quality for “Managing Rainwater with Permeable Surfaces” is poor. Please find better quality images / higher resolution images.
The intro paragraph for “Gutters and Downspouts” abruptly stops with an incomplete sentence. Please revise. The second image quality for “Gutters and Downspouts” is poor. Please find a better quality/higher resolution image.

Many of the links in the References section no longer work. Please update the References page.

Consider adding a conclusion / summary to the course to restate what the CE participant should have learned in the course.

In general, it is a basic course that gives the average homeowner some excellent ideas for greening their residential landscape. For the average USGBC Education participant, I suspect the course material will be elementary.

Deputy Associate Director for Science, Technology & Training, National Park Service

Good overview. Helpful links.

Project Manager, Mortenson

Extensive information.

Architect freelance, Architect Lisa Iannascoli

Very specific and interesting lesson. Files very well done. I like so much.

Commissioning Consultants Hawaii

Many great ideas.

Staff Accountant, Liberty Property Trust

Great ideas for landscaping practices.

Student, American University

Very interesting detail, and useful to have hand-outs to read over and refer back to.



Environmental Engineer, DAR

good course and very informative for beginners

LEED / Commissioning Consultant, Salimus Consultancy DMCC
Pro Reviewer

This is a brochure providing basic information about eco-friendly landscape irrigation practices
such as: Artificial Turf, Minimizing Turf, Native Vegetation, Xeriscaping, Planting Trees, Stormwater Planter Boxes, Mulching, Driveways, Rainwater Management, Rainwater Harvesting, Managing Rainwater & Green Roofs, Managing Rainwater with Surfaces, Gutters and Downspouts, and Infiltration Basin for Trees.
This course will help to select proper strategies of achieving LEED-NC v4 Outdoor Water Use Reduction prerequisite and credit. No audio or video is provided.

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