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Smart Climate Solutions at Multiple Scales, Led by Landscape Architects - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Mar 23, 2021 2:00pm ‐ Mar 23, 2021 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $0.00
Standard: $50.00


Rain Check 2.0 in Buffalo, New York is an innovative city-wide, government-led green infrastructure policy and regulatory initiative. The Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel in Seattle, Washington is a model urban redevelopment project made possible through public and private partnerships. This webinar will compare and contrast these two fascinating projects, which demonstrate how landscape architects are leading the planning and design of smart climate solutions at multiple scales.

These two projects are part of a set of 10 new case studies selected for ASLA’s Smart Policies for a Changing Climate online exhibition in partnership with the ASLA Climate Action Committee. In 2017 the ASLA convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience. Landscape architects and experts from affiliated professions outlined policies that help or hinder community resilience and adaptation to climate impacts. The result was a report Smart Policies for a Changing Climate.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand climate change impacts in Buffalo, New York, and Seattle, Washington
  2. Learn about policy and regulatory approaches that successfully incentivize green infrastructure investment in public and private properties.
  3. Learn about how walkable, transit-oriented developments can be planned and designed to improve water quality and salmon habitat.

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  • Melanie Davies, ASLA, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect, MIG
  • Kevin Meindl, ASLA, Landscape Architect and Green Infrastructure Program Manager, Buffalo Sewer Authority
  • Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA, SITES AP, Owner, Vaughn Rinner Landscape Architect


  • 1.00 - PDH

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