Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hidden Costs of Thirsty Landscaping

Gilead, a leader in pharmaceuticals, is best known for its ground-breaking use of biotechnology. This week, Gilead is supporting an older kind of biology. At its Palo Alto, California location, Gilead removed its water thirsty lawn and replaced it with drought tolerant California natives that will attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

The surprising fact is that California water processes are the largest user of energy within the state. The opportunities for conservation of water and energy are enormous. Commercial and public landscaping consume one third of California's water. Conserving is a double win where both energy and water resources are saved. Read more