The intent of this Imperative is to protect wild and ecologically significant places and encourage ecological regeneration and enhanced function of the communities and places where projects are built.
All projects must avoid building on pristine greenfield, wilderness, prime farmland or in a floodplain unless they meet an exception. Projects must preserve thriving vibrant ecological environments and habitats.
All project teams must document site and community conditions prior to the start of work, including but not limited to identification of the project’s “reference habitat(s)”.
All projects must demonstrate that they contribute positively to the ecology of their place and restore or enhance the ecological performance of the site towards a healthy ecological baseline. On-site landscape must be designed to mature and evolve, and emulate the functionality of the reference habitat, as appropriate to the project’s Transect.
All project teams must assess cultural and social equity factors and needs in the community and consider those identified needs to inform design and process decisions. No petrochemical fertilizers or pesticides can be used for the operation and maintenance of the on-site landscape, including urban agriculture.
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