Roots Down promotes sustainable land use through DeKalb County’s ‘Fruitful Libraries’ resolution

Roots Down has been working with DeKalb County libraries to replace traditional landscaping - like grass and dirt - with pollinator-friendly landscaping and edible plants. Courtesy photo

On the Wednesday edition of “Closer Look,” Jamie Rosenthal, founder and CEO of Roots Down, discusses the group’s initiative to revitalize land use at DeKalb County’s libraries. 

DeKalb County is among the first in the nation to address productive public land use. The “Fruitful Libraries Resolution” is a Roots Down initiative in partnership with Commissioner Ted Terry to transform the landscaping around public libraries to include edible, native and pollinator-friendly plants to “build more resilient and environmental ecosystems,” according to Roots Down.

In conjunction with the county, Roots Down has enacted climate change mitigation strategies and built policy recommendations with local government to promote more sustainable land use.

“The core of our business model and our mission is education and advocacy,” Rosenthal said.