Rolling Back the Lawn: Reinvigorating Ecological and Social Function at Georgia Tech's EcoCommons - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 GBCI SITES-Specific CE

Recorded On: 10/29/2023

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This session will discuss the Georgia Institute of Technology's vision for a new campus landscape typology rooted in performance and ecological health. The panel will demonstrate a new vision for campuses of higher education through the EcoCommons planning, implementation and commitment to biodiversity, stormwater management, and social health.

The GBCI course ID for this course is 920028671, 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:

  • Understand the importance of long-term campus landscape planning efforts in the creation of performance-based landscapes.
  • Articulate the impact of ecologically focused design on campus maintenance practices.
  • Understand the role of site history in the creation of landscapes that address social health and the link between social, environmental, and mental health.
  • Examine how an Internet of Things approach is useful for monitoring and documenting.

Lanie McKinnon, ASLA

Senior Associate

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Lanie is a Senior Associate with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. Her professional interests and work spans across scales inside the urban realm. She works to create positive and lasting change to cities working with clients and communities to develop meaningful connections and interactions with nature and natural systems. She has led the design and management of a range of projects from urban design and planning to campus master plans, plazas, and gardens.

Christopher A. Streb, LEED AP

Practice Lead


Chris is a practice leader with Biohabitats, leading the firm’s research and development effort called Bioworks. He is an ecological engineer with more than 20 years of experience in restoration and regenerative design. Combining engineering and ecological design through a biomimicry lens, he approaches every project as an opportunity to create and restore functional life support systems. Recognizing that best intentions in design and implementation are not verification of outcomes, Mr. Streb is charged with developing methods for monitoring and evaluating projects to determine whether ecological goals are being realized.

Jason K. Gregory, LEED AP

Institute Landscape Architect

Georgia Institute of Technology

Jason Gregory is a registered Landscape Architect, with 26 years of master planning and landscape architecture design experience ranging from site analysis and conceptual layout, through master planning, detailed design, and implementation. He joined Georgia Tech in 2011 and guided the design and construction of this phase of the EcoCommons. His project experience includes managing multi-disciplinary teams working on planning and design for colleges, resorts and resort communities, streetscapes, parks, recreation facilities, and botanical gardens. His design philosophy has focused on sustainable design solutions with a goal to integrate a variety of design disciplines while creating meaningful environments for people.


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Certificate - LA CES 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
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