Since its inception, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and often uses the 200-acre estate as a living laboratory to test and develop sustainable environmental practices, including water conservation measures, generating solar and geothermal energy, building green buildings, and most recently creating engineered wetlands.
The landscape at Sunnylands Center & Gardens was designed by The Office of James Burnett, with horticultural consultant Mary Irish. Burnett’s signature designs are habitable and sensitive, with plants adapted to arid climates to reduce water use. Retention basins below the gardens capture water runoff to help recharge the valley’s aquifer.
The Sunnylands Center, designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners, architects, received a LEED Gold rating in 2011. The Center is a contemporary building inspired by midcentury modern architecture with an emphasis on sustainability. As part of this commitment, Sunnylands developed a Green Vision Program adhering to the following green vision statement:
Environmental responsibility is a core value of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. Embracing creative and innovative solutions is central to the Sunnylands culture. We strive to be a leader in implementing sustainable practices to meet our current needs without compromising the environment for future generations. Sharing our environmental experiences with the public broadens the impact of our actions.
Brief overviews of sustainability, the landscape, and the golf course.