Changing the Landscape

Backed by a one-year grant, Sustainable Princeton is currently coordinating a project team whose mission is to work with Princeton residents and the landscaping community to adopt practices that protect the health of both landscape workers and the local environment. The project – called Changing the Landscape: Healthy Yards = Healthy People – goes beyond a focus on leaf blowers, aiming to encourage a variety of sustainable landscaping practices.

The project team includes co-partners Sustainable Princeton and the Princeton Environmental Commission, along with Unidad Latina en Acción NJ, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Quiet Princeton, Rutgers School of Public Health, the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program, and several Municipality of Princeton departments and commissions, including Human Services, the Board of Health, and the Civil Rights Commission.

Princeton is one of nine cities to receive this Partners for Places grant, which focuses largely on empowering and engaging low-income neighborhoods, embedding racial equity into local decision-making, and building partnerships between government, sustainability groups, place-based foundations, and community-led frontline groups. In order to achieve this goal, the project team is utilizing the Princeton Racial Equity Impact Assessment Toolkit.

PRINCETON HOMEOWNERS:

Please complete our 5-minute Lawn Survey which asks a few simple questions about your lawn. Thank you for helping us better understand the landscape in Princeton.

Spring 2021 Report

Learn more about this project by reviewing the most recent quarterly report.

Want to learn more about this project?

Check out these webinar recordings and other documents.

Changing the Landscape Webinar -- April 2021

On April 21, we were joined by Eve Niedergang of Princeton Council, Ana Paola-Pazmiño of Unidad Latina en Acción NJ, and Edward Gonzales of Green Life Lawn Maintenance joined to provide an update from the community partners working together to transition to sustainable landscaping in Princeton.

You can watch the recording of this webinar or view the slides here.

Changing the Landscape Webinar -- January 2021

During this webinar, we were joined by three partners in our efforts to promote sustainable landscaping in Princeton. Dan Mabe described initiatives of the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), Tammy Sands explained the role of the Princeton Environmental Commission, Anthony Lunn spoke as co-founder of Quiet Princeton, and Maria Juega shared her marketing perspective as representative for local landscapers. Christine Symington, Program Director at Sustainable Princeton, shared research to date and moderated the discussion.

You can watch the recording of this webinar, or view most of the slides, including those of Tammy Sands, Maria Juega, and Anthony Lunn here or view the slides of Dan Mabe here. Slides are also available in Spanish here. Puede encontrar una copia de la presentación en español aquí.

Toolbook for Sustainable Landscaping Conversations

Eager to make change in your yard, but don’t know how to start these conversations with your landscaper? Our  toolbook was designed to assist in this effort. Print it out, mark it off, and share it with your landscaper. Check back soon for a Spanish version.

Inlgés para la Jardineria.

Vocabulario basico en ingles para las personas trabajan en jardineria. (Basic English vocabulary for people working in landscaping.)

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