The CLCE is a direct response to the Green Industry’s concern for the long-term sustainability of current landscape management practices.
In 2011, Florida's population growth was the third largest in the U.S., behind Texas and California. We're building more new homes than any other state, placing increased demands on our natural resources.
Florida has the highest domestic per capita water use in the country, and mostly due to population growth, projections show that water supplies will not meet projected demands by 2020. In addition, urban storm water, agricultural runoff, industrial and municipal point source pollution, and construction contribute to water pollution across the state.
The Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology can help Florida's builders and Green Industry (which encompasses lawn-, landscape-, and grounds-related businesses) use Florida-friendly landscape practices help ensure that all of us can continue to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty and wealth.
In addition to specific Extension efforts, two Center programs can assist builders and landscape professionals: the FYN Builder and Developer Program and the Green Industry Best Management Practices.
Florida homeowners are willing to pay a premium for proximity to clean water, wildlife, and preserved areas. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) is a UF/IFAS Extension educational and outreach program that emphasizes landscape practices that are environmentally and economically sound.
As part of FFL, the FYN Builder and Developer Program works with residents, builders, developers, and green industry professionals to identify practices to design and manage landscapes with Low Impact Development strategies. The program offers educational services, certifications, and awards.
The Green Industry Best Management Practices are a science-based educational program for Green Industry workers (lawn-care and landscape maintenance professionals). These environmentally safe landscaping practices help conserve and protect Florida's ground and surface waters. Developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and endorsed by the pest control industry, this training is brought to you by the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program.
References: "Sustainable Community Development" FCS7213-Eng, M.E. Swisher, Sandra Rezola, James Sterns. Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date September 2003. Reviewed September 2006 and August 2009.
"2011 Florida Population Growth Is Third Largest in United States ... But Still Not Close to Pre-Recession Levels," FE904, Rodney L. Clouser, professor and associate chair, Food and Resource Economics Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Published March 2012.