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Written for anyone interested in green development--including policy makers, architects, developers, builders, and homeowners--this practical guide focuses on the central question of how to conserve biodiversity in neighborhoods and to minimize development impacts on surrounding habitats. The Green Leapspecifically helps move green development beyond the design stage by thoroughly addressing construction and post-construction issues. Incorporating many real-world examples, Mark Hostetler explains key conservation concepts and techniques, with specific advice for a wide variety of stakeholders that are interested in creating and maintaining green developments. He outlines the key players and principles needed to establish biodiverse communities and illustrates eight key design and management strategies. The Green Leapnot only offers essential information for constructing new developments but also helps existing communities retrofit homes, yards, and neighborhoods to better serve both people and nature.
Mark E. Hostetler is Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Table of Contents
List of Boxed Texts
Preface and Acknowledgments
Key Principles and Players
Why Build Biodiverse Communities?
Urban Decision Makers
The Devil Is in the Details
Tree Protection and Natural Area Preservation Strategies
Improving Community Engagement and Understanding
Landscaping and Individual Lots
Trails, Sidewalks, and Common Areas
Irrigation and Stormwater Treatment
Wildlife-Friendly Transportation Systems
Environmental Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions
Certifying Green Communities
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