Environmental Metrics Unlimited – EMU
A nonprofit 501c3 organization
The mission of Environmental Metrics Unlimited is to create an online tool that would allow a science-based analysis of an existing designed landscape, as well as provide a measurable way for designers to communicate the value of a wide range of landscape services to their clients.
How do you select the plants that are best at performing essential ecosystem functions within our built landscapes?
How do you communicate the value of the plants you select to your clients?
How do you balance the aesthetic value with the ecological value of your design?
An online metric system, called The Living Landscape Function Calculator (LLFC) is being developed to evaluate existing designed landscapes and aid in evaluating planned landscapes for a variety of ecosystem and landscape services.
With eleven categories for ecological function and ten for landscape function, an individual plant is considered on its collective services. In addition, plants can be compared across a broad spectrum of qualities. A collaborative effort between academic researchers, green industry professionals and designers, the calculator would include an online database of plants and their characteristics to integrate ecological function and aesthetics in planting designs.
To further the use and understanding of landscape plants, a new metric system of plant evaluation is under development. After two years of research and collaboration, Environmental Metrics Unlimited, E.M.U., a nonprofit 501c3 organization, is developing an online plant database inspired by the landscape and ecological function plant tables created by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke for The Living Landscape.
This would allow a science-based analysis of an existing designed landscape as well as provide a measurable way for designers to communicate the value of a wide range of landscape services to their clients.
Environmental Metrics Unlimited, EMU, is currently seeking collaborative partners for funding, shared data, and guidance so this evaluation tool can be developed to benefit all aspects of the green industry.
Further information is available at our website, EnvironmentalMetricsUnlimited.org.
Or by contacting Christopher Sohnly, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
…we need to select the plants that are best at performing essential ecosystem functions within our built landscapes. Which plants are these? Enter the function calculator, the first tool designed specifically for landscape architects and designers to facilitate plant choice based on ecological function rather than simply aesthetics. The Function Calculator will be a game-changer that will enable us to achieve the sustainable relationship with our ecosystems that we so desperately need.
Dr. Doug Tallamy; November 9, 2017