Learn about the innovative strategies implemented to transform a former cemetery dumpsite into a natural burial cemetery. The project design team used a fresh design approach which is in stark contrast to traditional industry standards for burial and perpetual care. In 2018, this new cemetery site was the first cemetery to receive SITES certification and only the 8th in the country to receive SITES Gold certification. Get an in-depth look at individual SITES v2 pre-requisites and credits attained by the project and learn about the certification process and working with GBCI to navigate your project from registration through final review.
The GBCI course ID for this course is 920019137, providing SITES-specific CE hours required to maintain SITES AP credentials. Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants will need to self-report CE hours through their credentials account on https://sitesonline.usgbc.org.
Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Identify the pre-requisites necessary for SITES certification.
Participants will learn about the stormwater and planting design elements implemented to achieve SITES certification, and how other projects may potentially follow the green design criteria necessary to achieve SITES certification.
Identify projects that are suitable for SITES Certification.
Participants will learn how Nature’s sanctuary utilized salvaged, recycled and locally sourced materials to earn credits toward SITES certification, and apply similar techniques to their own projects.
ASLA membersmay view this presentation and access the professional development exam (1.5 PDH LA CES/HSW) for free after logging in (using your ASLA member ID and password).
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.
This webinar will give an overview of how to use the recently published ASLA Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS) report, A Landscape Performance and Metrics Primer for Landscape Architects, in order to conduct a landscape performance assessment of a site. Attendees will be introduced to landscape performance research strategies and specific methods and case studies for assessing environmental, socio-cultural, and economic performance, including those relevant to SITES v2 credits for performance monitoring.
The GBCI course ID for this course is 0920018701, providing SITES-specific CE hours required to maintain SITES AP credentials. Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants will need to self-report CE hours through their credentials account on https://sitesonline.usgbc.org.
Identify strategies and standardized methods for data collection for use in quantifying and improving landscape performance benefits for environmental, socio-cultural, and economic performance.
Learn a variety of methods to assess the effectiveness of conservation and/or restoration activities in order to achieve SITES v2 C4.7: Conserve and restore native plant communities.
Identify methods for determining the overall health of a soil during the site assessment, construction, and post-occupancy phases of a project, and how these methods can be applied to achieve SITES v2 Construction P7.3: Restore soils disturbed by construction AND Construction C7.4: Restore soils disturbed by previous development.
Explore quantitative and qualitative methods for designing and assessing a site for its ability to support social performance criteria, supporting physical activity of users, in order to achieve SITES v2 C6.5: Support physical activity.
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.
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.
Sustainable design starts with resources on the ground. Dig deeper into the SITES v2 materials life cycle credits from specification to use, maintenance, deconstruction, and reuse. Discover synergies between SITES v2 and LEED v4 materials and resource credits.
The GBCI course ID for this course is 0920018892 , providing SITES-specific CE hours required to maintain SITES AP credentials. Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants will need to self-report CE hours through their credentials account on https://sitesonline.usgbc.org.
Summarize specific credit synergies and differences between Materials and Resource prerequisites and credits for SITES V2 and LEED V4 BD+C.
Describe three ways that a project can achieve SITES V2 Materials Prerequisite: Eliminate the Use of Wood from Threatened Tree Species.
Discuss strategies to achieve SITES V2 and LEED V4 credits related to producer responsibility and information transparency (SITES C5.7, C5.8, C5.9 and LEED V4 credits- Building Product Disclosure and Optimization).
Understand current environmental and human health impacts of a product’s life-cycle and strategies to specify products with reduced impacts.
We have addressed stormwater quality, but what about air quality? Through this session, panelists will present research and built projects to show how to begin to approach this problem that negatively impacts the public health of the most disadvantaged populations in this country and worldwide through landscape design tactics. Learning Objectives:
Unpack the historic conception of parks as the lungs of the city and inspire creative thinking about the next great challenge in landscape architecture: air quality.
Uncover site-specific data which supports the faith-based claim that parks are the lungs of the city.
We take faith that trees clean the air—is this true? What data supports this claim? What about pollen and allergies? Begin to understand pollutants that can be addressed with plantings.
Explore how we define air quality in all its complexities: air temperature, humidity, pollen, particulates, etc. Begin to discuss what other kinds of landscape materials can help clean the air.
Sea level rise has had a significant impact on coastal ecosystems resulting in wetland loss, increased coastal erosion/inundation, and increases in the duration and frequency of flooding from storm surge. The first presentation introduces a collection of adaptive flood attenuation mechanisms (both structural and non-structural) for protecting newly designed communities from flood events and the eventual impacts of sea level rise.
The second presentation examines how the autonomous vehicle will redefine the streetscape in the coming future. For one possibility, street space could shift towards more pedestrian-oriented urban neighborhoods. Driverless cars may use space more efficiently and potentially relinquish some of this space, particularly street parking in downtown areas to public space. For another possibility, these saved spaces might simply be packed with more driverless cars based on increasing ride demands. The critical question becomes how to reassign the authority between the pedestrians and riders on the street.
Gain insight on implementable climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
Explore economic, ecological, cultural and social benefits from the practice of green infrastructure
Identify impacts that driverless car will brings to our city
Examine concepts and strategies for implementing infrastructure flexibility and how this will change urban corridor aesthetics and programming
Hunter Beckham, FASLA, Sustainable Design & Development PPN
Eric Gilbey, ASLA, Digital Technology PPN
Emily O’Mahoney, FASLA, Women in Landscape Architecture PPN
This presentation will provide the attendee with a high level introduction to the SITES® v2 framework, introduce two SITES certified projects (Chicago's Navy Pier and DC's United States Botanic Garden), share select quality example documentation and tips, review some of the challenges and value add of utilizing the SITES framework on these projects, and will offer strategies for successfully integrating and embedding sustainable design attributes throughout the pre-design, design, construction, and operations phases. The audience will walk away with a better understanding of the SITES framework and how it can be used to drive sustainability within their projects.
The GBCI course ID for this course is 0920016542, providing SITES-specific CE hours required to maintain SITES AP credentials. Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants will need to self-report CE hours through their credentials account on usgbc.org.
Recognize how SITES v2 can provide a ready-made framework to promote good design, sustainability and improved project outcomes, starting with a pre-design site assessment as required in P2.2.
Learn from case studies and understand associated challenges and opportunities using SITESv2.
Understand methodologies for embedding sustainable design and maximizing accountability (leveraging SITES v2 P2.1, P2.2, P4.1, P7.1, P8.1, c9.3, specifications and tracking tools).
Incorporate tips for quality SITES v2 compliance documentation into their projects, specific to C5.4, C5.5, C5.6, and C5.7.