Discover the importance of ample, clean water through the management of stormwater with innovative solutions such as green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, and pervious pavements. Best practices will be shared on critical topics including:
With the shift in thinking towards water as an invaluable resource that needs to be managed, performance measurement and verification are becoming more important, especially as projects claim improved health, environmental protection, reduced investor risk, and improved return on investment. Study three projects, their measurement, and findings.
Learn about performance-based design, measurement challenges, and various tools that can be applied to your own projects.
Understand how of different scales and contexts, from Chicago to Kansas City and South Jordan, Utah have complete storm water management verification, and what opportunities were uncovered.
Review lessons-learned from case studies to help inform designers, and suggest modifications to improve project performance.
Examine techniques to integrate working landscapes, ecological restoration, and watershed thinking into green infrastructure strategies.
Our nation’s waters are threatened with increasing development and stormwater runoff. Landscape architects from across the country are using green infrastructure to help protect and improve water quality, whether it be pollution prevention, aquifer protection, or flood mitigation.
Explore the threats to water quality from a national perspective by focusing on unique issues from three regions: Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and the Arizona Desert.
Understand the opportunities and constraints caused by the regulatory environment and the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
Become familiar with the watershed planning process to optimize best practices and track pollution reduction credits.
Learn about the challenges within the transportation community and in different regions to integrate green infrastructure within a constrained right of way.
The SITES® Rating System is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premiere organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. The material on which the SITES Rating System is based was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects Fund, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.
This SITES® AP exam series was developed based off of the information found in the SITES Reference Guide. It is a study tool only and not to be solely utilized for exam preparation. It was not developed based off the actual exam. Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), who is preparing and administering the SITES AP exam, has recommended that all test takers study the Reference Guide and all references to prepare for the SITES AP exam. This webinar reviews Section 3: Site Design - Water.
The use of bioswales to treat stormwater runoff by reducing Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Total Phosphorus (TP), and Total Nitrogen (TN) loads is an increasingly common Best Management Practice (BMP) throughout state and local jurisdictions. However, the successful design, construction, and maintenance of bioswales is proving to be difficult, as evidenced by poor vegetation establishment and unanticipated short- and long-term maintenance requirements of desired plantings. Plants are a vital component of bioswales for a variety of reasons, so when a bioswale does not have healthy, vigorous vegetative cover, we know the entire BMP is not functioning to its greatest potential. This webinar will present insight into how bioswales work, why creating fully functioning bioswales is challenging, and key factors in successful design and implementation, so that the fully integrated ecosystem of bioswales can be brought to life.
Understand how bioswales function and why we use them.
Identify challenges to successful implementation of bioswales.
Recognize key components of good design, construction, and maintenance practices that affect the success of vegetation establishment in bioswales.
Landscape architects and their clients often worry that accessibility requirements will compromise design quality and water down otherwise cutting-edge projects. Join a landscape architect, an urban strategist, and a disability-rights advocate in a panel discussion as they share successes and bemoan compromises on both sides of the conversation.
Identify the basic principles of Universal Design as applied in urban landscape architecture.
Learn specific design choices relative to accessibility and Universal Design for “special” populations, and how they can be of benefit in all design contexts.
Learn about global approaches to the design of streets and public spaces from a “complete streets” perspective.
Understand the “carrots” and “sticks” of the regulatory environment and disability rights advocacy, and how both benefit the public at large.
City-soil compaction is a major problem for landscape architects. New research shows exactly how to amend physical, chemical, and biological soil properties to achieve high infiltration rates so that entire landscapes becomes a stormwater system that prevents runoff by absorbing water from impervious areas.
Learn how to amend compacted acidic subsoils to greatly increase the infiltration rates, reduce the runoff rates, improve water quality, and improve the deep rooting of plants.
Learn how different compost amendments affects the infiltration, density, porosity of subsoils, and tree rooting in the Midwest on compacted glacial soils.
Learn how to amend compacted alkaline subsoils to greatly increase infiltration rates, reduce runoff rates, improve water quality, and landscape plantings.
Learn by contrasting the three methods by the panel discussion and through questions by the audience.
Green building practitioners advocate for integrated systems by adopting net-zero water goals, but how does this closed-loop approach impact the larger context? This session will inspire practitioners to think beyond anthropocentric views of water to a biocentric approach, where site-integrated systems can be regenerative within a more ecological context.
Examine the limitations of a net-zero/ building-centric approach towards achieving wet-positive outcomes.
Review regional considerations towards achieving a biocentric approach, from east to west coast.
Explore the design strategies and implications of sustaining living systems by balancing biological demands.
Review the tools and processes for meeting biocentric goals for water management at all scales, including planning approaches, design strategies, management procedures, and post-occupancy evaluations.
Landscape architects are often responsible for the design of stormwater systems. The US EPA National Stormwater Calculator is a new planning and design tool to document estimated performance (stormwater runoff reductions) of green infrastructure stormwater best management practices (BMPs). The National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, historic rainfall records, future climate change scenarios, and BMP designs. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including: site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners. Landscape architects will learn how to use the National Stormwater Calculator for potential projects. Attendees will also learn about future updates to the calculator.
Learn about urban stormwater management planning and design tools & models.
Learn how to use US EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator, including potential applications for regulatory and voluntary projects.
Learn about green infrastructure (stormwater BMPs) climate resiliency planning and future updates to the National Stormwater Calculator.
In winter 2014, ASLA polled residential landscape architects about the estimated popularity of various design elements for 2014. This presentation will introduce the most popular design features sought out by homeowners and will identify how landscape architects can incorporate such features into their projects. Landscape features include water and fire elements and outdoor kitchens, as well as environmentally-progressive design elements for lighting, irrigation and small-scale stormwater management techniques.
Participants will be introduced to various outdoor kitchens, systems and styles and learn how to provide necessary infrastructure for outdoor kitchens in new and existing homes.
Participants will be exposed to various stormwater management devices for residential homes, including drywells, underwater storage tanks, rain barrels and rain gardens and learn how to best assess a site for the right stormwater management system.
Participants will understand how to best accommodate a site for food gardens, fire pits, water features and other oft-requested landscape features.
Participants will be introduced to various eco-friendly practices in landscape design, including permeable paving, drip irrigation and LED lighting - and understand when their use is appropriate.
Landscape architects are often responsible for the design of stormwater systems that promote specific levels of performance. This session will describe current initiatives to document performance, protocols for measuring performance, ways to design more effective systems, and the challenges the profession could face when levels of performance aren't realized.
Be familiar with current research and monitoring of best management practices (BMP) performance sponsored by the EPA.
Develop an understanding of protocols to effectively measure BMP performance.
Learn about key measures to more accurately align theoretical and actual performance
Learn about evolving federal regulations regarding design and performance, and potential liabilities and pitfalls for projects that fail to perform as designed.
This session presents on artful rainwater design, offering regionally-specific examples of green infrastructure that celebrates rain. Learn about trends and issues in artful rainwater design, and be inspired by the work of practitioners who take this exciting placemaking approach to stormwater management.
Learn why artful rainwater design is a savvy approach to intelligent sustainable stormwater management.
Get some pointers on how to overcome client/municipal skepticism.
Understand major challenges and opportunities to this approach to green infrastructure.
Gain regionally-specific ideas to inspire your own artful rainwater design efforts.
Essentially “upcycling” an outdated office building, Perkins+Will’s transformation of 1315 Peachtree Street stands as a new civic model on Atlanta’s signature street. Where there once stood a prominent driveway and parking deck, now a pedestrian-oriented plaza creates an open-air living room and reconnects the building to the street. The site design showcases innovative use of materials and commitment to sustainable practices in the landscape, including creative stormwater management solutions throughout the site, such as cisterns, rain gardens, and porous paving surfaces. Certified LEED® Platinum, the project is a living model for small urban sites with big goals for sustainability.
Explore strategies for creative stormwater management in a dense urban area.
Understand benefits of an interdisciplinary design approach.
Become familiar with best practices for use of innovative materials, in a collaborative design and permitting process.
This session will explain in detail the proper selection, design, and implementation of stormwater controls; what low-impact development and green infrastructure are; appropriate stormwater-control design approaches; and factors contributing to the success or failure of stormwater controls, including the importance of maintenance and plant selection.
Learn green infrastructure concepts and their implementation at site to regional scales.
Understand the process for selecting the appropriate stormwater control measure, given treatment objectives, and physical context.
Learn appropriate construction details and maintenance requirements for proper function of stormwater control measures.
Be familiar with successes and failures of stormwater control measures regarding plantings and construction details.
The debate is under way between "urbanism" and "landscape urbanism". Which approach is better for creating healthy urban environments and green infrastructure? This presentation discusses how landscape architects are well positioned to serve the public well-being from the regional scale to the specific building site.
Acquire a working definition of green infrastructure and its evolution through history.
Determine the scales by which green infrastructure can be applied and the criteria by which it can be integrated with the design of urban landscapes.
Understand what a systems approach to green infrastructure means and how this supports the planning and design spheres of practice.
Learn through successful case studies how green infrastructure becomes a model for the planning and design of urban space.
Ditch or Dutch? Increasing coastal water levels have begun to affect the very idea of shared responsibility. This panel will present the many adaptation options from examples worldwide that include coastal industries and private interests to manage the increasing risks of living on the seaboard.
Determine how to design infrastructure, buildings, and public spaces that can resist flooding without compromising other values.
Understand flood resistance as a zoning, planning, and architectural problem.
Learn about research on the performance of structures in floods and violent winds
Recognize how to interweave design, communication, and participation strategies that are not top-down techno-managerial solutions.
This session will summarize the results of a colloquium held in April 2013 at Penn State University at which 10 nationally recognized public and private practitioners presented their approaches to artful rainwater design. See how real-world systems bring both beauty and environmental remediation to sites.
Learn why artful rainwater design is a successful approach to intelligent site design.
Address how to overcome client/municipal skepticism.
Understand what the major challenges and opportunities are to this approach to green infrastructure.
Explore why monitoring a project designed from this perspective is critical to success.
This one-hour technical presentation which will cover a range of topics related to green infrastructure planning and design. Cory Gallo, a landscape architect and professor at Mississippi State University, and Brian Wethington, a landscape architect and environmental specialist with Portland Oregon’s Bureau of Environmental services, will lead the presentation. The presenters will discuss basic terminology of green infrastructure design, provide an overview of how Portland’s policies facilitate green infrastructure, and review how research into the effectiveness of bioretention may influence the design of facilities in the future.
Learn technically accurate naming conventions and configuration variations of bioretention facilities.
Learn how location may influence the sizing and approach to implementing bioretention facilities.
Learn the broad policies, which can facilitate holistic adaptation of green infrastructure strategies.
Learn about trends in research, which may influence the application of bioretention facilities in the future.
This technical presentation compares in detail the current methods of obtaining evapotranspiration (ET) and soil moisture data, including proper selection, costs, installation methods, and calculations in the control of irrigation systems. Examples are shown with each method to help determine which method fits best to each application.
Learn what ET (Evapotranspiration) is and products used to obtain.
See how today’s irrigation controllers convert daily ET rates into runtime.
Learn the various methods of soil moisture sensing available today.
Learn how soil moisture sensing works with irrigation systems.
Discuss the advantages and challenges of each type.