Reconnecting Landscapes: Resilient Planting Design in Ecologically Deficient Zones - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 GBCI SITES-Specific CE

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On sites dominated by infrastructure and impervious surfaces, landscape architects are expected to create successfully integrated, ecologically rich environments. Through a diverse selection of projects, this session will discuss how practitioners can design, implement, and advocate for resilient landscapes in spaces where ecology is feared, considered as an afterthought, or ignored altogether.

The GBCI course ID for this course is 0920023419, 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

Learning objectives:

  • Examine current strategies for developing ecologies and increasing ecosystem services through successful horticulture and planting design in harsh urban environments and areas that are not hospitable to vegetation.
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of successional planting design and utilizing plant communities in landscapes dominated by transportation and infrastructure, as a functional, resilient, and sustainable approach.
  • Learn about opportunities of performative planting as a critical component to green infrastructure and stormwater management in climate-vulnerable landscapes, and the advantages of increasing pervious surfaces in urban areas.
  • Gain insight into project-based social, environmental, and economic considerations of incremental and large-scale sustainable planting design striving for big impacts and demanding a rebalance of ecology and infrastructure.

Molly Bourne, ASLA



Molly Bourne is a licensed landscape architect with 28 years of design experience and a Principal at MNLA in New York City. Molly’s leadership leverages a combination of award-winning design talent with creative collaboration to navigate projects from concept through construction. She has led multidisciplinary teams on high-profile initiatives for waterfront parks and urban revitalization. These projects are recognized for being rooted in their neighborhoods and natural environments. Molly actively fosters the future of design through her work with the ACE Mentor Program for high school students and as a guest critic at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Rainer, ASLA


Phyto Studio

Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas, a leading voice in ecological planting design, has designed landscapes for the Philadelphia Airport, the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas serves as a Principal for Phyto Studio in Washington, D.C. & teaches planting design at George Washington University.

Andrew Lavallee, FASLA


SiteWorks Landscape Architecture, LLC

Andrew Lavallee, FASLA, RLA is a partner at SiteWorks Landscape Architecture. Over the past 32 years, he has worked as a designer, construction manager, and operations strategist. He is a recognized leader in the application of urban green infrastructure strategies including urban reforestation stormwater management and coastal resilience. He is a co-author of the award-winning High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for New York City (2011). Mr. Lavallee is also an Adjunct Professor with the Landscape Architecture Graduate Program at City College in New York.


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10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
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Certificate - PDH
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
Certificate - GBCI SITES-Specific CE
1.00 GBCI SITES-Specific CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 GBCI SITES-Specific CE credit  |  Certificate available