Natural Environment
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Natural Environment

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein

Environments’ natural systems guide Land and Life’s joining of clients’ wishes and local people’s needs. In this way built environments blend with local and bioregional dynamics to become more sustainable. The more intimately built environments are designed in harmony with their natural settings the more they care for themselves.

Biomimicry: learning from nature

Nature's millions of years of adaptations can play a vital role in energy and resource efficient environmental and architectural designs, cost-effective industrial designs, community planning, and transit system designs that use less energy, save natural resources, and ease maintenance.

Sufficiency: determining how much is enough

Recognition of a locale’s carrying capacity and harvesting below the rate of replenishment can support families, companies, and governments. An economy of scale, guided by sufficiency, is a recipe for a more overall sustainable community.

Process: involving all stakeholders

Charrettes and focus groups that include local residents of all ages and walks of life contribute to the collective goals we strive to achieve, the local and often underutilized resources we employ, and the broadened definitions of health and sustainability we use to assess and monitor progress.