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The first edition of Sustainable Landscape Construction was released halfway between Y2K, the great nonevent, and 9-11, an event that appeared to change everything. Since August 2000 much has changed and much has stayed the same about sustainability, and the field of green building specifically. That month, as SLC ’s first edition launched, hybrid cars were barely experimental, GPS a novelty, iPods not yet invented. Al Gore hadn’t made a film, let alone won an Oscar. When we first decided to write this book treating landscape construction as a value-driven activity, we weren’t quite crying in the rapidly shrinking wilderness.

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