Spending time in nature makes us feel better in general. People who’ve suffered stress, sickness, or trauma can benefit enormously from taking quiet, contemplative time to heal in nature or gardens. But nature’s benefits also extend to helping you save money and water through utilizing native plants in your facilities.
Native plants need less maintenance and fertilizer, require little water beyond normal rainfall, provide better pest resistance, and provide critical habitat for birds and other wildlife. Native plants, particularly trees, can also reduce the building's energy consumption by blocking the summer sun and winter wind. By reducing local temperatures and shading building surfaces, native plants and trees lessen the cooling and heating demand for buildings, reducing energy needs and decreasing emissions from power plants. Energy efficiency benefits from installing green roofs (roofs with native plants on top) can also translate to cost savings over time.
You’ll find many ideas for how to utilize the power of native plants and landscaping to increase your facility’s environmental health in our collection of resources, below. Learn more about using rain barrels for water collection, green roof construction, and planting a community garden to provide nutritious, organically grown food as well as habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife.
View Plant Native's regional plant lists to determine which plants are suitable for your location.