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Green Infrastructure

Be the envy of your neighborhood with a lush and shady streetside rain garden.

Do you live on a sun-baked street with little shade and no appeal? We can help you transform the street in front of your home into a shady, inviting lane. Curb cuts or curb cores combined with basins can capture stormwater flowing by to irrigate shade trees and native pollinator plants. Our project managers are experienced in directing excavation, navigating utilities, and managing the permitting process to transform that under-utilized barren strip into a lush native garden to create an inviting walkway and pleasing approach to your home.

Green Infrastructure can be easily integrated with front yard Rain Gardens, and plantings can be complementary to your Urban Orchard or Sonoran Food Forest, to extend your complete landscape transformation into the right of way.

Begin your landscape transformation today. Request our design and project manager services here.Learn more about the benefits and how to implement green infrastructure.

Green infrastructure, also called low-impact development, refers to constructed features that use living, natural systems to provide environmental services, such as capturing, cleaning and infiltrating stormwater; creating wildlife habitat; shading and cooling streets and buildings; and calming traffic.

Home Design Staff

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Lincoln Perino
Lincoln Perino
Senior Green Infrastructure Specialist

Lincoln Perino specializes in implementing landscape projects to manage water from roofs, through the neighborhoods and into our streams. He has over 10 years of experience implementing rainwater harvesting in the urban environment and seven years restoring active streams and wetlands throughout the Southwest. Lincoln is easily at home designing, implementing, or troubleshooting residential and commercial rainwater and greywater harvesting projects including pump-based systems to operating heavy equipment to implement large-scale riparian restoration projects.

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Emma Stahl-Wert
Emma Stahl-Wert
Co-op Program Manager

Emma spent her first 21 years on the East Coast, but the last 7 have been dedicated entirely to becoming deeply familiar with the plants and climate of this region. With a Permaculture Design Certification from the Sonoran Permaculture Guild and years of experience installing water harvesting landscapes at countless Tucsonan's homes, she has developed a desert oasis aesthetic and does not miss her temperate home's flora one bit. Combining water harvesting, to grow as much shade as possible, with striking cactus plantings and rockwork that highlight our unique desert flora, is her favorite approach. Her design work is typically geared towards the client who will be installing landscapes through the Co-op program OR doing a DIY project.