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ASLA Webinars

Rebroadcast: Breaking Free from Tropical Hardwoods: New Alternatives for Sustainability - 1.5 PDH ( LA CES-HSW)

Apr 15, 2020 2:00pm ‐ Apr 15, 2020 3:30pm

Credits: None available.

Standard: $60.00
Members: $50.00
Associates: $40.00
Students: $0.00


Dependency on tropical hardwoods is unsustainable given current rates of use, ecosystem degradation, and slow renewal rates. Fortunately, there are new alternatives that are durable, beautiful, and renewable. In this session learn how to use and work with thermally modified, acetylated, and polymerized woods, fused bamboo lumber, and black locust.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the environmental and social impacts of using tropical hardwoods.
  • Compare alternatives to tropical hardwoods with respect to use, cost, performance, durability, and aesthetics.
  • Understand issues with procurement, detailing, fabrication, installation, and maintenance requirements for alternatives to tropical hardwoods.
  • Understand the challenges of specifying various wood types within SITES and Living Building Challenge projects.

This webinar is free for all ASLA members. The non-member price is $50. Log in to ASLA Online Learning with your ASLA username and password for the member price.


  • Thomas C. Amoroso, ASLA, Principal, PLA, Andropogon Associates Ltd
  • Meg Calkins, FASLA, SITES AP, Department Head and Professor of Landscape Architecture, North Carolina State University
  • Laura Solano, ASLA, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.


  • 1.50 - PDH

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4/15/20 3:53 pm

I very much enjoyed the webinar and learned lots of useful info. Thank you so much!

4/23/20 2:25 pm

This was a very informative session.