EARTHeim Landscape Design Studio

EARTHeim (earth-hime) means ‘earth our home’ and the symbol, a lotus flower symbolizes the sun. EARTHeim Landscape Design Studio, llc is a landscape design, installation, fine gardening, and consulting business in Lexington, Kentucky. My goal is to create ‘living landscapes for all to enjoy’.

Are you unsure what to do with your landscape? I can help achieve your goals for your garden whether you simply would like a consultation to do things on your own, or would like a design created and installed, or a maintenance plan.

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Current Sustainable Practices

Sustainability Management and the Green Team

  • Designate a Sustainability Coordinator or Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Include sustainability tips in a monthly newsletter.
  • Promote sustainability accomplishments in external marketing materials (website, social media, newsletter, press releases, TV/radio ads).
  • Sponsor an environmental booth at an existing community event.
  • Participate in a present or attend sustainability workshop.

Energy Efficiency

  • Replace incandescent or CFL lights with LED lights 51-75% replacement.
  • Establish a regular filter maintenance policy for your HVAC system.
  • Establish a dress code that encourages employees to dress for thermal comfort.
  • Install power strips for computers and equipment to power down during non-business hours.
  • Conduct an energy audit or assessment (within the last three years).
  • Insulate roof to control energy loss.
  • Take measures to insulate HVAC system and ductwork to minimize heat loss.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas. Recycling bins must be paired with a waste bin.
  • Train and require janitorial service or staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Use reusable mugs and dishware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Develop or participate in an existing composting program.

Water Quality

  • Harvest rainwater through rain barrel system.
  • Establish preventative maintenance program for sanitary sewer lateral lines on your property.
  • Post information in restrooms about proper disposal of flushable wipes and other items.
  • Install outdoor ash trays to prevent cigarette litter, and make pocket ash trays available to staff who smoke.
  • Before washing parking lots, sweep debris/litter and do not use cleaners.

Urban Forestry and Landscapes

  • Establish a sustainability statement for landscape contracts.
  • Establish a native species-only plant replacement policy for tree and shrub planting.
  • Remove all invasive species from property.
  • Plant a pollinator garden.
  • Plant a rain garden.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Adopt a telecommuting option and make it available to employees.
  • Install weather-protected bike storage (indoor or outdoor).

Innovation

  • Implement zero waste to landfill.
  • Participate in LFUCG Citizens’ Environmental Academy

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