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:
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.
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.
Volatile weather patterns coupled with the specter of sea-level rise present new challenges for public policy-makers, landscape architects and planners. This session reviews planning and design proposals made immediately after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 (published in Waterproofing New York) and discusses new ideas, technologies, and opportunities that have emerged since.
Examine current green infrastructure policy and tactics for flood mitigation such as urban plantings and coastal flood management structures.
Learn how emerging urban data collection tools and public policy, such as zoning and new planning guidelines pertaining to flood mitigation, are influencing design and planning approaches.
Understand diverse vantage points on management of climate impacts and concerns that go beyond flooding, such as degradation of circulation infrastructure, waste management, and loss of cultural and recreational landscapes.
Gain insight into the forces—communities, government agencies, and private entities—that designers must negotiate to take the lead on urban planning and design projects for future cities and suburbs.
With the proliferation of urban development in coastal cities, landscape architects have an opportunity to design urban infrastructure in a way that can simultaneously bolster aquatic habitat and create great public space. This session compares three case studies: Chicago Riverwalk, Elliott Bay Seawall, and Rebuild by Design: Living Breakwaters.
Discuss the relationship between open space design and essential aquatic habitat.
Examine the responsibility landscape architects have in supporting marine environments in coastal and shoreline development/redevelopment.
Compare alternative or innovative design methods to enhance or restore aquatic habitat and fish vitality in urban waterways.
Understand the importance of collaboration between the designer, ecologist, and engineer to create urban aquatic habitat.
California landscape architects are becoming experts in designing for drought conditions. As climate change increases the odds of drought in many regions of the United States and the world, lessons from California can be applied nationwide. This session presents state-of-the-art approaches from regulatory, scientific, and design perspectives.
Understand what regulatory tools are available to advance water conservation in landscape design. Understand the limits of regulation, the process of developing regulation, stakeholder input, and compromises.
Understand potential horticultural responses to limiting water use, including anticipating salinity from reclaimed water, anticipating a new climate regime, designing soils for water conservation, and establishing a nonirrigated landscape.
Understand the potential to integrate systems for water conservation, including graywater and blackwater from MEP systems and advanced irrigation technologies.
Learn lessons related to design and client expectations: the potential pitfalls of low-water and nonirrigated landscapes, the aesthetic implications, and maintenance considerations.
Addressing demands for environmental justice usually requires "greening" of our cities. Desert cities face the contradiction of providing green infrastructure without increasing water consumption. This requires innovation and reconsideration of how we define, collect, clean, and store water, and where and how it is used.
Define the issues relating to park poverty and providing green infrastructure in developed cities in dry climates, including policy challenges, funding, and design innovation.
Identify a range of solutions to addressing park poverty and providing green space amenities in dry climates, and be able to articulate both their strengths and weaknesses.
Understand the potential of linear urban corridors such as roads, channelized streams, utility corridors, transportation corridors, and excess road widths and stormwater management for the creation/design of green infrastructure.
Understand the principles behind a “One Water” approach to solving drought issues with alternative water sources, including use of dry weather flows, stormwater, recycled water, graywater, and blackwater.
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.