Xeriscaping is a landscaping activity that avoids or eliminates using supplemental water from irrigation. This practice is important, especially in hot and arid climates where water is scarce. Typically, it uses plants that have adapted to such climates, such as cacti and agave.
The reason that xeriscaping is considered green is because it is a sustainable activity. We consider activities “sustainable” if they consume resources (in this case, water) in a manner that takes the resources of future generations into account. Therefore, we conserve instead of wasting our planet’s natural resources.
When a builder or homeowner uses xeriscaping, they are not only conserving water but also time, because they do not have to water the plants as frequently.
WE Credit 1: Water Efficient Landscaping for LEED
Finally, the practice of xeriscaping can qualify for Water Efficiency Credit 1: Water Efficient Landscaping when pursuing LEED for New Construction.
Howard is an economist and principal of Green Competitive Advantage. His firm is a consultancy working with business in the areas of social change and energy management. He is a LEED Green associate.