Learn how working with nature, instead of in opposition to it, helps communities and urban environments become more resilient and come back stronger after disruptive natural events. Critical topics include:
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On March 4, 2019, experts from ASLA’s interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience presented their report, Smart Policies for a Changing Climate, during a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. The report outlines a bold vision for 21st century green infrastructure investment to create healthy, climate-smart, and resilient communities from coast to coast. It is a blueprint for securing a sustainable and resilient future through design and planning approaches as well as specific public policy recommendations.
Though we are all vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change, some groups are disproportionately affected. Climate-related health challenges are an environmental justice issue because certain communities that already experience multiple environmental health burdens are also disproportionately affected by climate change. Our challenge is to put these recommended planning approaches and public policies into practice as standard operating procedure for communities of all sizes and for all types of development.
Identify how green infrastructure uses trees, plants, and permeable hard surfaces to capture and filter stormwater to reduce pollution run-off, mitigate the urban heat-island effect, and provide community amenities and assets.
Illustrate how utilizing natural systems and integrating green infrastructure into the built environment can be the most cost effective solution for meeting multiple public policy objectives.
Discuss how to address environmental justice and racial and society equity issues that impact climate vulnerable communities.
Trends in sustainable design and resiliency require landscape architects to be versed in ecosystem services and measurable benefits. Green infrastructure provides opportunities for valuing natural and built systems. The expert speakers will provide their insights and case studies for design and maintenance strategies, including the SITES v2 framework. Learning Objectives:
Gain insight into the public goods nature of natural ecosystems and the flow of benefits concept.
Understand how monetary values for ecosystem services are derived, and the benefits and pitfalls of that evaluation.
Learn which financial benefits of green infrastructure are being targeted the most widely by municipalities and design teams.
Apply the ecosystem services and green infrastructure benefits strategies to the SITESv2 framework and certification including prerequisites and credits.
Integrating ecological restoration science with the design of cultural landscapes requires a multidisciplinary approach, a project team able to combine spacemaking and science, project programming and ecosystem function, aesthetics and biodiversity. This session examines how the tools and practice techniques from design and restoration ecology influence project goals and outcomes. Learning Objectives:
Learn how conventional landscape architecture practices and landscape management frameworks prohibit the development of ecologically based, regenerative, self-organizing landscapes.
Learn tools and techniques from restoration ecology practice that support natural plant reproduction and the establishment of self-organizing landscapes.
Learn which design methods advance the biodiversity of pollinators on the landscapes.
How can education and outreach improve successful outcomes for natural systems based landscape design?
Preparing for adaptation to climate change depends greatly on the location and the specific landscape adjacencies, both local and regional, to cities at risk. This session will look at three distinct environs—Philadelphia, Boston, and Fargo, North Dakota—and explore strategic approaches to mitigating the impacts of climate change. Learning Objectives:
Define and contextualize climate adaptation and mitigation approaches as they relate to historic data and future scenarios.
Identify key players who can support and promote climate change adaptation, and discuss ways to collaborate and further educate clients, stakeholders, and citizens.
Delineate strategies for developing a place-based action plan, finding ways to integrate climate planning into other initiatives.
Envision the future of climate adaptation and climate mitigation through the integration of dynamic and adaptive models for creative solutions.
ASLA has identified climate change as a key issue for its members, and for the society at large. Representatives from ASLA’s multi-disciplinary blue ribbon panel on climate change and resilience will discuss panel findings and public-policy recommendations for mitigating and adapting to climate change through resilient design. Learning Objectives:
Learn about barriers to climate smart and resilient design and planning.
Learn tools and techniques for effective community and public engagement.
Learn how to apply environmental justice analysis for community projects.
Learn about comprehensive public policies recommendations that assist design professional in creating climate smart, resilient communities.
Fires and landslides cost more lives and money each year than all other disasters combined. However, there are few resources dedicated to studying their impact on urban environments. This session delves into current thinking regarding these issues, discusses political/economic realities, and posits possible design solutions/ways forward. Learning Objectives:
Learn about Land Use policies affecting Development Patterns in Wildland Urban Interface Zones
Understand the effects of Climate Change on Debris Flows in relation to Fire / Flood Sequencing and Geological Processes
Learn about the Impacts of Building Codes and Vegetation Control Ordinances in High Fire Zones
Gain knowledge of Afforestation Strategies and their effectiveness in rehabilitating burn zones
This panel session will demonstrate the role of landscape architecture in adaptively and equitably building resilience to flooding hazards to increase health, safety, and welfare for all. Panelists will discuss innovative strategies and techniques that address known and anticipated future issues across a range of social, environmental, and economic factors.
Learn design approaches to climate adaptation and hazard mitigation, most specifically flooding.
Understand the needs, issues, and opportunities associated with communities affected by recurrent flooding.
Gain insight into best practices that reduce loss of life and property due to flooding.
Examine policy and economic pathways to implement contextually appropriate design strategies.
Climate change is a critical issue being addressed around the world. Landscape architects are playing a pivotal role in designing adaptations to its many impacts. This session first presents issues and adaptations from three U.S. climates: Northwest, Southwest, and Gulf Coast, followed by a panel discussion among the presenters.
Learn effective adaptations for water issues and impacts in each of three major regions of the country.
Learn effective adaptations for increased temperatures and degraded air quality in three major regions of the country.
Learn effective adaptations for biodiversity and habitat loss in each of three major regions of the country.
Understand the different adaptation, communication, and education tools used in these regions.
Professionals working on waterfront projects face unprecedented changing conditions and are charged with addressing uncertainty and widespread habitat loss through adaptive solutions. This session, presented using stimulating graphics and data, examines varied projects testing innovative solutions for adaptation, habitat creation, and resilience as a new model for coastal development.
Understand the efficacy, impacts, and benefits of living shorelines and supernatural shorelines.
Explore the trends of living shoreline projects throughout the United States, and how living shorelines can enable coastal adaptation and shoreline resilience.
Gain insight into the regulatory frameworks and funding mechanisms for living shoreline implementation.
Learn about new, innovative models for resilient urban coastal development and adaptation.
The SITES v2 Rating System - a performance-based process encourages projects to conserve water, maximize the use of precipitation, and protect water quality, with the goal always being to restore natural systems. Examine and integrate future hydrologic outcomes such as sea-level rise and create resilient designs that satisfy SITES credits.
Identify the prerequisites and credits in Section 3: Site Design–Water and review documentation examples.
Describe the technical requirements and calculations as well as specialist team members that may be required for fulfillment of SITES v2 water prerequisites and credits.
Examine projects that demonstrate sustainable practices in water design and integrate climate issues such as prolonged droughts and sea-level rise.
Learn how to integrate design choices for water and other site attributes to improve performance outcomes and plan for resiliency in the face of future climate events.