Guidance for Sustainable Practices in the Landscape Environment

Published on July 12, 2010

The Groundskeeper and the IFMA Foundation Provide Guidance for Sustainable Practices in the Landscape Environment

July 12, 2010 (Houston, TX) – The Groundskeeper and the IFMA Foundation — leaders in facility management and other professional services — are pleased to announce the release of Sustainable Landscaping, a practical, real-world guide on how to introduce and advance sustainable practices in landscaping.

The guide, sixth in the IFMA Foundation’s Sustainability “How-to” Guide Series, is available as a free download. It provides an overview of several key areas, including:

• The three primary phases of sustainable landscaping: Design, construction and maintenance;

• Guidance on making the business case for sustainability, along with information on developing an action plan; and

• Case studies offering real-world insight into effective approaches.

Insights and expertise for the guide came from a cross section of The Groundskeeper’s management team and other subject matter experts. It serves as a practical guide and reference for facility managers, property managers, community managers and operations professionals across multiple industry sectors.

“The Groundskeeper has been a valued partner of IFMA for a decade, and we are delighted to work with them on Sustainable Landscaping, which we think will help facility and landscaping professionals in various industries see more of a return from their sustainability efforts,” said IFMA Foundation Executive Director Will Rub.

“The Sustainability ‘How-to’ Guide Series has been well received so far, but our constituency indicated a strong interest in learning more about sustainability in the landscape industry,” said Eric Teicholz, executive editor of the guides. “This new guide, coordinated by The Groundskeeper, definitely meets that need.”

To obtain a free copy of Sustainable Landscaping, visit or

About The Groundskeeper
The Groundskeeper was established in 1976 and is the largest employee owned landscape contractor in the United States with over 800 employees. Landscape Management Magazine consistently lists The Groundskeeper in the Top 20 Great Landscape Companies.

The Groundskeeper is known as the premier commercial landscaper in the Southwest with offices in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. They do business in Texas under the name of Greater Texas Landscape.

Learn more at the company’s Web site,, or Greater Texas Landscape

About the IFMA Foundation
Established in 1990 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and separate entity from the International Facility Management Association, the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote priority research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the facility management community, including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors who are united by the belief that education and research improve the facility management profession. To learn more about the good works of the IFMA Foundation, visit For more information about IFMA, visit

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