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ECLIPS: Sustainable Landscapers

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 16th, 2009

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)

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Do you want an environmentally sustainable garden, but don’t know how to find a landscape professional who cares about our planet? Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) now has the solution.

On September 1st SGA proudly launched its new Environmentally Certified Landscape Industry Professionals (ECLIPs) project at Melbourne Zoo to fifty industry and government guests.

Greeniology author, television personality and environmentalist Tanya Ha said, “ECLIPs members have a vitally important role to play in educating and influencing their clients, helping them to make choices that are more sustainable. In fact, gardens can become a vehicle for positive environmental change”.

“Many people don’t realise that gardens have the potential to both help and harm the environment. Uninformed gardening practices can spread invasive weeds, waste water and increase the chemical load in stormwater runoff. The good news is backyards can instead recycle organic waste into free fertiliser, provide a stimulating environment for children, grow food and provide patches of urban habitat for native wildlife. And they can do this with minimal water and chemical use, and minimal risk to the environment.”

ECLIPs is a first in Australia and a project that is sure to grow as public concern for planet earth increases. Newspoll key findings (July 2008) found that 60% of Australians associate their garden with doing their bit for the environment and 91% find a sustainable, environmentally friendly garden appealing.

To become an ECLIPs member a landscape business must commit to ongoing environmental staff training, operate under an environmental code of practice and provide clients with an environmental report on their garden. Random audits are conducted on the work of ECLIPs members ensuring the credibility of the project.

SGA developed the (ECLIPs) project with the support the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund. Managed by Sustainability Victoria, the Sustainability Fund supports innovative projects that encourage Victorians to take action on sustainability. Tanya Ha is a member of the Sustainability Fund Advisory Panel.

For further details visit the website.