The Groundskeeper and the IFMA Foundation — leaders in facility management and other professional services — are pleased to announce the release of Sustainable Landscaping, a practical, real-world guide on how to introduce and advance sustainable practices in landscaping.

The guide, sixth in the IFMA Foundation’s Sustainability “How-to” Guide Series, is available as a free download. It provides an overview of several key areas, including:

The three primary phases of sustainable landscaping: Design, construction and maintenance;
Guidance on making the business case for sustainability, along with information on developing an action plan; and
Case studies offering real-world insight into effective approaches.

Insights and expertise for the guide came from a cross section of The Groundskeeper’s management team and other subject matter experts. It serves as a practical guide and reference for facility managers, property managers, community managers and operations professionals across multiple industry sectors.

“The Groundskeeper has been a valued partner of IFMA for a decade, and we are delighted to work with them on Sustainable Landscaping, which we think will help facility and landscaping professionals in various industries see more of a return from their sustainability efforts,” said IFMA Foundation Executive Director Will Rub.  

“The Sustainability ‘How-to’ Guide Series has been well received so far, but our constituency indicated a strong interest in learning more about sustainability in the landscape industry,” said Eric Teicholz, executive editor of the guides. “This new guide, coordinated by The Groundskeeper, definitely meets that need.”

To obtain a free copy of Sustainable Landscaping, visit or