I'm an NAHB CGP (National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professional). As a part of our association, PCBA (Porter County Home Builders), I have been an integral part of our professional green council and various events and activities.
Not exactly a newby to the field, I had a solar energy business back in the late 70's - the Jimmy Carter era - before Ronald Reagan became president and energy concerns took a back seat.
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Are you a train engineer also? They would ask me what drive I ran when I told someone I was an engineer. My dad was on Carter's energy commission many moons ago.
I get involved in many areas of the "greener" world. Some of them might fit in with your business as far as energy savings, chemical reduction, etc.
I'd be very interested to find out how "green" their landscaping procedures are. In my experience landscape companies and nurseries are anything but green. How the plant material is grown and maintained, ie. herbicides, fertilizers etc. have an effect on the soil of the homes where they are installed. The types of plants, their placement, irrigation systems and maintenance requirements can have an effect on the environmental rating of a "Green" build and the environment of the Village and Porter County in general.
Do you know who the landscape company is? Has anyone checked out their practices? Some easy ways to know if they have a clue is how many trucks of sod are estimate for the project as a whole. How many gallons of gas will your Village use to cut the grass? Are the trees the best varieties to absorb carbon and do well along your Village streets? How much water do the varieties of plants need to do well? When the grading is done, what kind of backfill is being used around the foundations? Is that backfill alive and can it sustain plantings without a ton of fertilizer?
As a landscaper that is how I look at Green.