This green design demonstration building and garden aims to educate homeowners and businesses about the beauty and benefits of sustainable design. By using plants that are native to California, we not only save water and energy by reducing maintenance, we also provide habitat for birds and insects like the lovely ladybug in the last photo. Working with HMC Architects for the Frontier Project, we acted as a Thought Partner to develop design concepts and fundraising ideas for this highly innovative project connected to the Cucamonga Valley Water District. In addition to providing wildlife habitat, reducing the heat island effect, and showcasing a “Water(less) Garden” to replace the typical suburban swimming pool, we designed a rain garden and storage tank to keep all the rainwater on site to reuse as irrigation. This project earned LEED Platinum certification, and was chosen as a 2012 Landscape Performance Series Case Study Investigation project by the Landscape Architecture Foundation.