Guiding Principles of a Sustainable Site


By adopting the following principles, individuals, businesses and communities will create a positive change to the quality of their lives.

  1. Do No Harm - Make no changes that will degrade the surrounding environment sustained without supplemental watering.

  2. Precautionary Principle - Be cautious in making decisions that could create risk to human and environmental health. Some actions can cause irreversible damage. Examine all alternatives—including No Action—and be open to contributions from affected parties

  3. Design with nature and culture

  4. Use this hierarchy: Preserve, conserve, regenerate. - Maximize ecosystem benefits by preserving what exists, conserving resources in a sustainable manner and regenerating lost or damaged ecosystems

  5. Provide regenerative systems for future generations

  6. Support a living process – Continue to re-evaluate our assumptions and adapt to demographic and environmental changes.

  7. Use a systems thinking approach: - Value relationships in an ecosystem

  8. Be collaborative and ethical. - Encourage direct and open communication among colleagues, clients, manufacturers and users to link long-term sustainability with ethical responsibility

  9. Maintain integrity in Leadership and research. - Implement transparent and participatory leadership

  10. Foster Environmental Stewardship - Responsible management of healthy ecosystems improves the quality of life for present and future generations