about LA LOMA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
Award winning local and regional environmental planners dedicated to a sustainable city for over a decade. La Loma specializes in implementing ecologically sound practices for a range of clients and projects, firmly rooted in stewarding our watershed, food systems, and local habitat.
One of the keys to creating sustainable landscapes is ensuring that those landscapes are part of healthy ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems provide dozens of functions that are essential to human survival but too often these functions are underestimated or ignored when making land-use decisions. Once ecosystems are damaged and loose their capacity for air purification, water retention, food production, climate regulation, filtering pollutants, wildfire protection, and erosion control it can be difficult, expensive, and sometimes impossible to restore them. By protecting existing ecosystems and regenerating ecological capacity where it has been lost, sustainable landscapes support natural ecological processes that are essential to our survival.
Sustainable landscaping is not limited to a single type of use. The best sustainable landscaping practices can be used in any setting, from a backyard garden to a state park, and engage its users on many levels: physical, aesthetic, cultural, and spiritual. By modeling our landscapes on healthy natural ecosystems and managing them responsibly we can ensure that future generations can reap the same benefits from these inspiring, beautiful outdoor spaces that we currently do.
CLIENTS, PROJECTS & PRINCIPLES
La Loma Development Company has implemented hundreds of design and/or build projects, including small residential to large commercial. When it comes to ecological restoration, no job is too big or small, as our urban infrastructure has endless needs and opportunities for enhancement.
We offer our services to a wide variety of clients. A leading principle of La Loma Development Company is the importance of self sufficiency and starting change within the home. The more sustainable homes and individuals we have in our city, the stronger our path to resilience. Once individuals are equipped with knowledge and resources, we can begin making bigger changes on a regional level.
LICENSED & CREDENTIALED
Our licenses with the California State License Board are General Contractor A and C-27 No. 883785. We have multiple business licenses including with the City of Santa Monica, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Glendale, San Marino, La Cañada Flintridge, and Los Angeles to mention a few. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured.We are a current member of the CLCA (California Landscape Contractors Association).
We are a Sustainable Landscape Design Professional with the City of Santa Monica. We are also a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), Certified Small Business with the County of Los Angeles Community Business Enterprise Program (CBE) and a Small Local Business (SLB) and (MBE) Minority Business Enterprise with the City of Los Angeles. Since 1997 and 1999 Marco Barrantes owner and founder has held two Permaculture Design certificates, is an ISA Certified Arborist WE-9596A and is an accredited Green Roof Professional.
La Loma has received numerous awards and nominations. We have been awarded multiple local Pasadena Beautiful and Pasadena Golden Arrow Awards. Regional awards include the Burbank Award for Outstanding Community Garden, the Green Hero Award, BEST Award in Los Angeles, 2013 Green City Award from City of Pasadena, and a 2013 Resolution from LA City Council. The greening of Environmental Charter Schools received national attention as a runner-up in the White House Race to the Top contest. U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, congratulated La Loma for our work. La Loma was nominated and won runner-up for California Business of the Year 2014.
La Loma has been publicly commended by several council members for work at schools and other community projects, such as Plaza Morazan (Ed Reyes), Main St. Elementary (Jan Perry), Pasadena Senior Center (Steve Madison). Marco Barrantes of La Loma was appointed to the Environmental Advisory Commission by California Sen- ate leader, Assembly District 41, Chris Holden.