A Florida landscaping plan could help save the environment by using recycled and recycled materials.
The Florida Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Services has released its 2015 Landscape Architecture Program (LAP) and it is a step in the right direction to improve the quality of life of Floridians, the agency said in a press release.
LAP is the first federal-state collaboration to work together on the issue.
LAPS is a partnership between the USDA and the Florida Department and its goal is to provide the community with opportunities to improve their gardens.
The LAP will be administered by the USDA’s Office of Landscape and Landscape Services (OLSS) and is aimed at providing community-based landscape architects and landscape designers with a practical framework to help them create a healthy, safe, and productive landscape that will help support economic growth and increase the quality and value of life for Floridans.
The landscape architects will help create a design that meets the needs of the communities most impacted by climate change and other natural disasters.
The program is a collaboration of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the State Landscape Architect and Architectural Consultants Association (SLACA).
In addition, LAP includes workshops and other resources for the public and professionals to assist in the design and implementation of sustainable landscape design.
“LAPS will help to better understand and support the development of a sustainable landscape that is a great complement to a city or community’s current and future land use decisions,” said Jim Sturgis, Senior Assistant Director of the Landscape Department at DENR.
“We hope that LAPS will inspire our communities to design landscapes that have a positive impact on the environment, the health of the landscape, and the economy of the community.”
LAPS provides the agency with tools to help it improve the landscape design process and the implementation of LAP, including: The Landscape Design Toolkit, a toolkit that can help landscape architects to determine the environmental impact of their designs and the impacts of different design techniques.