Low-impact. Good for the environment.
The Villa Park Substation SmartScape Project: A Model for Sustainable Landscape Design and Management is a joint project between Southern California Edison and Orange County Coastkeeper.
The project, located at Southern California Edison’s Villa Park substation in the City of Orange, converted three acres of conventional turf into a resource efficient landscape that is designed to serve as a model for other SCE facilities, commercial spaces, and residential parcels.
The project features drought-tolerant plant design, cutting-edge technology, and sustainable landscape management practices that reduce maintenance costs, conserve water, reduce carbon emissions, mitigate stormwater runoff, and increase soil carbon sequestration. A two-year monitoring study following the landscape installation evaluated and verified the outcomes of the project goals and objectives.
After the first year of our monitoring program, one way we measured the ongoing success of this project was by the increase in the diversity of bird species at the substation. Read the study here:
- SmartScape Design Provides Improved Avian Habitat, Andrea D. Haller, M.S., Stivers & Associates, Inc., June 2012
The station has reported a 66% reduction in its water consumption. By the end of 2012, Coastkeeper and its project partners will begin drafting a white paper peer review to evaluate how well we have achieved the primary objectives of this project. These objectives are listed in the “why is it good for the environment” section below.