Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sustainable Play Structures

Landscape Structures is one of the main manufacturers of play equipment in the U.S. It was encouraging to read this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that highlighted how they're family run, and now that's transitioning to being owner operated. We talk a lot in landscape architecture about sustainability, and social sustainability is certainly part of that. Sure, just because someplace is owner operated doesn't mean they have values that promote green building practices, but individuals do have ethical standards. In private, publicly-traded corporations ethical standards are something that can suffer as accountability becomes muddy. So, it does make me feel a bit better to specifiy a product in a playground that is produced by people who have a personal stake in things.