April 3, 2013 is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. If you have a dog take it on a walk with you, but if nature calls please pick up after your pet! Because, when it comes to water quality: Every Drop Counts. A recent walk with our dogs in our neighborhood got my husband and I seeing red! Don’t people know how bad it is when you don’t pick up after your dog?! Pet waste left in natural areas and... MORE >
Melony Mont-Eton is a landscape architect with vast experience in the landscape construction industry. She enjoys working through all aspects of a project from design review to cost estimating and construction installation. A LEED Accredited Professional, Melony facilitates the successful design, development, and certification of high-performance green building projects, which requires extensive knowledge of sustainable materials and construction practices.
Melony places a high value on collaborating with all team members and clients so everyone has a clear understanding of the entire process from design through construction. Melony is a member of the USGBC (US Green Building Council) and DBIA (Design-Build Institute of America), and graduated at the top of her class with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, ranked #1 in the nation in 2011 for its landscape architecture program. She paints and travels and tends her garden in her free time with her husband, who also has a keen interest in the topic with an educational background in hydraulics and hydrology.
A colleague and friend of mine, Dorothy F. Borland at Hydrosystems-KDI, Inc. asks the critical question when it comes to applying for LEED certification for your property: Is it worth investing time and resources to get LEED points for water efficiency or better to focus on lower hanging fruit? Below is her POV on LEED credits for Water Efficiency and recommendations for how get them when they make sense. ………………………………………………………………………. If you are investing in a water efficient landscape because... MORE >
It is important to evaluate water-use requirements for your landscape just as closely as you evaluate the look and feel of the design. In fact, a design approach that doesn’t take into consideration consumption can be costly down the road. As part of my estimating process, I evaluate water-use on a given site by plant material category so I can group together plant material with similar water-use requirements. For example, I will look at water-use for sod, native seed and... MORE >