At Santa Barbara’s Earth Day in 2015, Brighten Solar Co. had the wonderful pleasure of meeting two young entrepreneurs also trying to make a difference through the green industry. Beau Lee Schmidt and Jessica Girard co-founded the business EcoLawn, a water conservation company that provides full-service landscape remodeling services. Much like the business model of Brighten Solar Co., EcoLawn will work with you from design to installation in synthetic grass, water-wise landscaping installations, and water conservation measures such as laundry to landscape greywater systems and rain catchment systems.
The statewide drought and water usage restrictions inspired Schmidt and Girard to find a new way to improve water conservation not only for the every day household, but for commercial businesses as well. Discovering that the average household’s outdoor water usage accounts for 60% of their overall water use in dry climates, like California’s, they knew there was something that could be done to mitigate this problem. Combining a long time construction background and a history of environmental advocacy the pair saw an opportunity to combine their skills and interests to make a difference with water conservation on the Central Coast.
Santa Barbara declared a Stage III drought in 2015 that required mandatory area-wide cutbacks in water usage. The State of California and local water agencies are offering rebates for removing traditional lawn and Ecolawn has been a key facilitator in assisting home and business owners take advantage of the rebates. By replacing water-thirsty landscapes with water wise solutions EcoLawn has saved over 3 million gallons of water annually!! Their knowledge and passion has blow us away. They approach every job from a water conservation and environmental standpoint, and work hard to optimize water savings, reduce runoff, increase drainage as well as create an aesthetically beautiful project.
For more information about EcoLawn, please visit our website at www.ecolawnsb.com.
A Few Words From EcoLawn
EcoLawn is a locally owned and operated Santa Barbara business, making it easy for us to respond to clients needs right away. Our professional installation crew specializes in synthetic grass and has installed over 100,000 SF of water free grass, making us one of the only synthetic grass experts in town. We approach every job from a water conservation and environmental standpoint, and work hard to optimize water savings, reduce runoff, increase drainage as well as create an aesthetically beautiful project. EcoLawn cofounder Jessica Girard is a certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor by the California Landscape Contractors Association, allowing EcoLawn to implement deep water savings and smart design with every landscape project.