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Public Gardens Sustainability Index

The Public Gardens Sustainability Index is a holistic approach to define principles and best practices for operational sustainability, sector-wide. Peer-reviewed living documents outline best practices that apply to all public gardens, regardless of size, operating budget, or their current level of performance. Public gardens’ unique successes in each of twelve (12) attributes of sustainability provide the framework.

ASSESS-fill out our self-assessment form to generate a report on how your garden is doing on an environmental, social, or economic attribute.   LEARN-click on our icons for resources, how an attribute is associated with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and broader regional/national efforts, and find gardens that have put these goals and best practices into action.  GAIN RECOGNITION-demonstrate that your garden cares about executing sustainability in all aspects of garden management by reporting on progress towards KPIs and adopting sector-wide sustainable trends.  GET STARTED TODAY: Click on any of the attributes below to begin road mapping your garden’s sustainability journey.

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The Strategic Imperative for Public Garden Sustainability

Attaining sector-wide sustainability requires more than just reducing energy consumption or water use. Public gardens already demonstrate an exceptional ability to engage/educate the public on the importance of biodiversity and conservation. Many gardens attract and nourish diverse new talent to sustain future leadership in the field and/or directly impact the economic vitality of their communities.

In every way that public gardens can address current environmental, social, and economic challenges, they do so for the benefit of all - providing relevance, respite, and resilience. 

Public gardens must leverage all of their existing capacity to collectively address the challenges posed by climate change and its reverberating effects on the ecosystems, plants, and communities that gardens showcase and conserve. The Public Gardens Sustainability Index represents the vast collective individual and institutional experience of its professional network, using adaptable standards that can be adopted and practiced by the whole sector, for the betterment of all.

Take the Survey

A short survey will get you started thinking about the 12 attributes of sustainability in the context of your garden site. Try it for yourself by clicking the button below.