Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities: How Green Schools Promote Wellness and Equity - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/29/2023

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As civic infrastructure, schools play an important role in the health and wellness of our communities, especially in communities of color. This session will dive into the science behind the design of outdoor spaces that can foster wellness, increase equitable access to open space, and improve ecology, learning outcomes, and the community.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand current research on how design impacts cognitive and physical development and health.
  • Learn how school environments are imperative to promoting equity and social and environmental justice.
  • Examine strategies for creating outdoor spaces to address specific aspects of student wellness and enhance learning outcomes.
  • Identify how school districts are getting creative to convert grey to green within challenging parameters of time, scope, and budget.

Andrew Wickham, ASLA, LEED AP

Project Leader

LPA Design Studios

Andrew Wickham is a Project Leader at LPA Design Studios, a national integrated design firm. Andrew leads designs at the intersection of built, cultural, and natural systems and is a champion of metric-driven design to enhance resilience. His interest lies in how the blending of built and natural environments can enhance a user’s experience and reinforce values of equity, ecology, and curiosity. Andrew is a proven thinker and strategist, speaking at numerous conferences about the value of performative landscapes and human experience. He is currently Trustee for California Sierra Chapter of ASLA.

Danielle A. Cleveland, ASLA, LEED AP

Project Leader

LPA Inc.

Danielle is a landscape architect with over 17 years of design experience in education, civic, corporate and healthcare projects. She works closely with LPA’s in house research team to provide evidence-based design solutions that help clients plan purposeful outdoor environments for wellness. She brings a research-based approach and a passion for designing nature-based outdoor learning, working and play environments that promote wellness, acknowledging physical or mental variability for an equal chance to thrive. Danielle works closely with clients to understand their needs and provides creative, budget-conscious design solutions that engage each user.

Julia E. Hawkinson, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, WELL AP

Senior Facilities Development Manager

Los Angeles Unified School District

Julia has been working for school districts for the past 20 years to positively impact the learning experiences of the students she serves. She manages the planning of major projects transforming existing school sites and leads the effort to develop, update and align LAUSD’s design standards and educational specifications with its instructional vision. In her professional and personal efforts, Julia advocates for inspiring learning environments that provide all children the opportunity to learn, to grow and to dream.


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