Shifting the paradigm of landscapes in our communities.

Roots Down works with governments to build greener, more productive spaces in order to spur green jobs growth, and provide ecology and leadership education for teenagers and college students. Join us as we grow a world where every person has access to the fresh food and thriving ecosystems that feed our soils and our communities. Greener communities for a more equitable future.

Did you know?

  1. Noise from popular models of commercial gas leaf blowers exceeds 100 decibels at point of operation (source). Noise above 70 dB over a prolonged period of time may start to damage your hearing. (source) A jet plane takeoff or a siren is measured at 120 decibels. (source)

  2. Landscaping pollutants like pesticides, fertilizers, and yard debris is one of the greatest issues facing DeKalb’s storm water. 98 percent of our drinking water comes from surface water sources. (source)

  3. Biodiversity is the number and variety of species in a given area and can contribute to more resilient habitats against flooding, droughts, or fires. Most urban landscapes are made of mostly turf or a limited number of “go-to” ornamentals. (source

  4. According to EPA statistics, 33 gasoline lawn mowers would produce as much pollution a car produces all year. (source)

  5. It is estimated that we currently put nearly 10 kilo calories of fossil fuel energy into our food system for every one kilo-calorie of energy we get as food. Growing your own produce can cut down on plastic, pesticides, and fossil fuel usage. (source)

Take our survey.

We want to know more about what Dekalb homeowners think about their yards. Take the survey and make your voice heard!
Are you concerned about your water quality being affected by landscaping chemicals?
Would you be interested in a program supporting you to plant more biodiversity in your yard?
Is your yard being mowed and blowed once a week or more?
Are you interested in growing any kind of edible plants in your yard, even as small as one fruit tree?