Constructed and managed landscapes hold the potential to improve and to regenerate the natural benefits and services provided by ecosystems in their undeveloped state. When we construct landscapes, we have the opportunity to develop natural capital to not only serve visual and cultural purposes, but also serve in the supply and regulation of clean air and water, the provision of food and renewable resources, and the storage and decomposition of waste—all essential to the health and well-being of humans and all other life on the planet.
Throughout the life cycle of each GSA-owned or -operated site—from planning to design and construction, and through operations and maintenance—sustainable performance benchmarks in the area of site work enable built and managed landscapes to support natural ecological functions while lowering overall development and maintenance costs by protecting existing healthy ecosystems and regenerating ecological capacity where it has been lost.
The Landscape Architectural program at the GSA both informs the development of landscape related aspects of our capital project program and also engages in active dialogue with other interrelated aspects of sustainable site development and management in general.
For more information, please contact Christian Gabriel (202-501-9132).