The Town of Danville refers to practices and technologies that aim to integrate the management of land, water, biodiversity, and other environmental resources to meet human needs while ensuring the long-term sustainability of ecosystem services and livelihoods.
A sustainable landscape is designed to be both attractive and in balance with the local climate and environment and it should require minimal resource inputs. The design must be functional, cost-efficient, visually pleasing, environmentally friendly and maintainable.
Some of the solutions being developed are:
- Reduction of stormwater run-off using bio-swales
- Reduction of water use in landscapes through design of water-wise garden techniques
- Integrated Pest Management techniques
- Energy-efficient landscape design in the form of proper placement and selection of shade trees and creation of wind breaks
- Permeable paving materials to reduce stormwater run-off and allow rain water to infiltrate into the ground and replenish groundwater rather than run into surface water
- Recycling of products, such as tree branches to create mulch
- Integration and adoption of renewable energy, including solar powered landscape lighting