197 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations
Written for anyone interested in green development – including policy makers, architects, developers, builders, and homeowners – this practical guide focuses on the central question of how to conserve biodiversity in neighborhoods and to minimize development impacts on surrounding habitats. The Green Leap specifically helps move green development beyond the design stage by thoroughly addressing construction and post-construction issues. Incorporating many real-world examples, Mark Hostetler explains key conservation concepts and techniques, with specific advice for a wide variety of stakeholders that are interested in creating and maintaining green developments. He outlines the key players and principles needed to establish biodiverse communities and illustrates eight key design and management strategies. The Green Leap not only offers essential information for constructing new developments but also helps existing communities retrofit homes, yards, and neighborhoods to better serve both people and nature.
"Mark Hostetler takes an original approach to conserving resources in human-dominated landscapes. Taking into account multiple perspectives and written with an emphasis on the construction and post-construction phases, The Green Leap presents tangible ways to satisfy both human and natural resources needs."
– Dr. David Drake, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin
"The Green Leap is one of the first books that bring together recent research on urban ecology and urban wildlife conservation, with emerging trends in sustainable development and green design. Hostetler's book is a welcome addition to the urban wildlife and conservation biology literature and will also be of interest to those interested in urban planning and green design."
– Charles Nilon, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri
List of Boxed Texts
Preface and Acknowledgments
Part One. Key Principles and Players
1. Why Build Biodiverse Communities?
2. Urban Decision Makers
Part Two. The Devil Is in the Details
3. Tree Protection and Natural Area Preservation Strategies
4. Improving Community Engagement and Understanding
5. Landscaping and Individual Lots
6. Trails, Sidewalks, and Common Areas
7. Irrigation and Stormwater Treatment
8. Wildlife-Friendly Transportation Systems
9. Environmental Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions
10. Certifying Green Communities
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Mark E. Hostetler is a Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville.