Sustainable Schoolyard Habitats

Beauty berrySustainable schoolyard habitats incorporate design principles centered on sustainability. Implementation of these sustainable designs creates a habitat which can be used throughout the school curriculum. Habitat stewardship committees consisting of educators, parents and other interested individuals help to ensure the habitat is maintained.

Ways of Thinking About "Sustainability"


  "...a more sustainable bioshpere--one which is ecologically sound, economically feasible, and socially just."

        Jane Lubchenco, President, American Association for the Advancement of Science

"...development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

        U.N. World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987

 The word "sustainability" comes from "sustain," which means to keep in existence or this context, to maintain our quality of life, our cililization, by preventing resources from becoming depleted. Sustainable development refers to ways to maintain or improve the quality of our lives withour reducing resources available to those in other parts of the world, or to future generations.

A sustainable landscape incorporating


  • Create wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water
  • Are energy efficient
  • Are lower maintenance
  • Are beautiful to behold
  • Provide opportunities for learning about nature

Image is a sustainable landscape incorporating native plants at River Ridge Elementary School. Design by Rick Huffman of Earth Design