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Pacific Landscape Management is an Award Winning,
Commercial Maintenance and Renovation Company.
Pacific Landscape Management is committed to being environmental stewards – love for the environment is what attracted us to the industry. We are proud to help enhance the quality of life in our community through maintaining healthy landscape environments. Healthy landscapes provide many environmental benefits. Healthy plants actually reduce CO2, reduce urban heat gain, and absorb and clean storm water. On the flipside, landscape maintenance practices can have a negative environmental impact. Although we have always considered ourselves environmentally responsible, the increased requests from our customers for sustainable landscaping practices has motivated us to a new level. We have taken a strong leadership role in the development of sustainable practices.
Re-engineering Our Company - Since 2008 we have changed many of our landscaping procedures to determine where we can reduce the impact to the environment while maintaining quality and service to our customers. This has included changing the type or reducing the amount of herbicides we use, integrating organics into our fertilizers, converting our equipment to newer, lower emission models, replacing our managers’ vehicles to lower emissions and improve MPG, promoting water saving technologies, and helping our customers evaluate their sites for ecological enhancement. Through all this effort, we were named one of Portland’s Best Green Companies by Oregon Business Magazine.
EcoLogical Business Certification - Several local jurisdictions including the City of Portland have come together and developed a certification program for landscape companies. It recognizes companies that provide designs, installation and maintenance that reach the highest standards for minimizing its impact on the environment. We have completed the requirements and are one of the first companies to be certified. http://www.ecobiz.org
Greening our Facility - Although our facility does not currently meet LEED standards, we have been making modifications to improve energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity. In 2007 we installed a bioswale to filter the runoff from our service yard. In 2008 we installed a rain garden to process our roof drains. We have converted all lighting to compact fluorescents and through active management have reduced our electrical use by 25%. We also installed solar panels on our roof in 2009 and are generating 95% of our own electricity.
Greening our Fleet - We use big heavy duty trucks which are a challenge to make more “green”. We have however committed to transitioning our fleet to the new “Clean Diesel” now available and are using the highest concentration of BioDiesel available at our fleet fueling stations. As for our manager vehicles, we have all driving Hybrids. Our fleet is as low emission as possible. Quite frankly, we use more fuel with our equipment thus our focus has been key there. As new models of our hand held equipment become available with lower emissions, we convert. (Link to Stihl flier) Luckily, the new lower emission models are more fuel efficient, reducing our operating cost. This has had great ROI for us heaping meet our sustainable goal without significant cost increase. Our most recent initiative has been to convert our Riding mower fleet to propane. Propane reduces the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 48% (http://www.propanecouncil.org/PropaneReducesGHG.pdf) compared to the previous gas powered mowers In addition, we are reducing our fuel costs as propane is cheaper than unleaded.
Recycling Everything - We have always recycled but we have expanded our program and are now recycling everything we can. Historically we have always recycled all of our green waste and office paper but have expanded it to include all plastic, used oil, and metal. In 2009 we received a Master Recycler certification from METRO. We were the only landscape company to be recognized for excellence in waste prevention, recycling, and environmental purchasing by METRO’s Washington County Cooperative Recycling Program. We are also committed to purchasing office paper and anything else we can that is made with some percentage of post consumer waste. http://www.masterrecycler.org
Salmon Safe Certification - We assisted Epson Portland in the certification of their facility by Salmon Safe. This certification program requires a management program to reduce stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution, helping to protect Pacific Northwest salmon watersheds. We are currently working with Salmon Safe to develop a landscape management IPM program that can be used by our customers to help ‘fast track” the landscape portion of their facilities certification. We are also in the process of applying for Salmon Safe certification for our facility. http://www.salmonsafe.org