Landscape Strategies for Water Independence - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/27/2023

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Water scarcity is one of the biggest risks facing the American West. This session will highlight how landscape architects address water independence through regional thinking, reducing reliance on gray infrastructure, and enhancing natural systems. This session will cover strategies for design, funding, and cross-agency coordination toward water independence.

Learning objectives:

  • Examine strategies for reducing reliance on municipal water sources at a site scale.
  • Discuss strategies for creating cross-agency cooperation for water independence projects. 
  • Explore strategies for enhancing nature-based water capture and storage. 
  • See how the goals of water projects can be expanded to include nature discovery and education.

Katherine C. Harvey, ASLA

Creative Director, Partner


Katherine Harvey has over 20 years of experience as a design professional integrating spatial practices with deep design thinking. She has led a range of projects from large scale masterplans to urban districts to botanical gardens. Katherine has a particular interest in large scale sites and complex landscapes which integrate ecosystems with the built environment. She has led RIOS’ master planning work for Descanso Gardens, One Beverly Hills, and La Casa de Maria working across disciplinary boundaries to create opportunities for landscape resiliency. Her recent plans have addressed water independence and disaster recovery, while balancing human experience and fostering stewardship.

Erin English, LEED AP, PE

Practice Leader, Senior Engineer

Biohabitats, Inc.

Erin leads Biohabitats’ visionary Integrated Water Strategies planning & engineering efforts. She applies her background in chemical and environmental engineering with her passion for water and ecology to help clients advance innovation in One Water and nature-based infrastructure planning and design. She has led wastewater, rainwater, and water reuse engineering for award-winning projects that have achieved the Living Building Challenge™, Net Zero Water, and that at their core embrace the value of watershed thinking. Her 20+ years of experience includes landmark high-performance buildings that prioritize water reuse, five of which have been awarded AIA COTE Top 10 recognition.

Amelia Luna, PE, MSc, LEED AP, ENV SP

Principal Engineer

Sherwood Design Engineers

Amelia Luna is a Professional Engineer, Envision SP and LEED AP, with fifteen years of civil and environmental engineering experience. She spearheads Sherwood’s water team including drinking water supply, wastewater treatment, water reuse including onsite non-potable water and net-positive water systems and water quality improvements in urban and campus environments. Amelia earned her MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Davis, where she also developed design criteria for onsite water reuse projects. Prior to joining Sherwood, Amelia also worked with numerous water and wastewater utilities. She has also contributed to numerous green roof projects in Northern California.


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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
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