The American Lawn Revisited: Awareness Education and Culture as Public Policies Toward Sustainable Lawn

PROBLEMY EKOROZWOJU – PROBLEMS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2015, vol. 10, no 1, 107-115

10 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2015

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Yaoqi Zhang

International Center for Ecology, Meteorology and Environment (IceMe), School of Applied Meteorology

Bin Zheng

College of Economics and Management,

Ge Sun

USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station

Peilei Fan

Michigan State University

Date Written: February 2, 2015

Abstract

Lawn has been used for landscaping, gardening, and beautification of homes and cities for a long time. The evolution of the lawn reflects important cultural and biophysical interactions between humans and nature. The American lawn, which was from Europe and has been a part of the American dream for home ownership and culture, has become an area going against nature for its extensively using chemicals and generated pollutions. Tracing how the lawn is becoming an important part of culture, this article focuses on more recent pollution and other environmental problems resulted from the lawn culture. It is argued, that awareness, education and changing culture of taste and preference can serve additional measures together with law and technological advancement toward sustainable lawn in the United States and the world.

Keywords: grass, American culture, conspicuous consumption, industrialization, urbanization, pollution, aesthetics, landscaping

JEL Classification: O13, Q20, Q32, Q41, R11, M14

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Yaoqi and Zheng, Bin and Sun, Ge and Fan, Peilei, The American Lawn Revisited: Awareness Education and Culture as Public Policies Toward Sustainable Lawn (February 2, 2015). PROBLEMY EKOROZWOJU – PROBLEMS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2015, vol. 10, no 1, 107-115 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2560287

Yaoqi Zhang

International Center for Ecology, Meteorology and Environment (IceMe), School of Applied Meteorology ( email )

No.219, Ningliu Road
Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094
China

Bin Zheng (Contact Author)

College of Economics and Management, ( email )

159 Longpan Rd
Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng 210037
China

Ge Sun

USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station ( email )

200 W.T. Weaver Blvd.
Asheville, 28804-3454
United States

Peilei Fan

Michigan State University

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