Sublime and Simple Detailing: Sustainable Materials for Low-Maintenance Environments - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 GBCI SITES-Specific CE

Recorded On: 10/28/2023

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Low-maintenance landscapes present a challenge for material choices. This session will discuss what is effective for material choice for public projects and other low-maintenance environments, along with the sustainability behind material choices. We will also discuss successful detailing with reused or recycled materials in public spaces.

The GBCI course ID for this course is 920028670, 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 successful examples of innovative hardscape and softscape for public projects with low-maintenance environments.
  • Discuss the sustainable sourcing and environmental cost behind material selection, along with options and processes for selecting and sourcing sustainable materials.
  • Look at examples of successfully reused or recycled materials in publicly accessible space.
  • Gain insight into the value of material choice for both project longevity and larger global sustainability goals.

Krista Bentson, ASLA


KBLA pllc

Krista Bentson started her own Brooklyn landscape design practice in 2023 to focus on adding the emotional resonance of the natural world to people's everyday lives. Her work over the last two decades at acclaimed design firms has intersected sustainability, planning, preservation, and design in the creation of publicly accessible places, notably in New York City. Krista holds an MLA from Harvard’s GSD and a BA from UC Berkeley.

Wendy Andringa, ASLA, LEED AP

Founder and Principal

Assemblage Landscape Architecture

Wendy Andringa is the founding principal of Assemblage Landscape Architecture, a Brooklyn-based practice founded in 2021 with a passion for exploring creative design solutions that are grounded in ecological and sustainable principles. Wendy has over 17 years experience in landscape architecture practice and teaching, and draws on her background in photography and art to find inspiration in the fusion of creative and ecological systems. Her work at Assemblage encompasses waterfront parks, community parks, civic infrastructure, educational campuses, and art centers.

Eleonora Zilianti, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect pllc

Eleonora Zilianti is a Senior Landscape Architect at Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect PLLC. Trained in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Eleonora has thirty years of diverse experience in the delivery of sustainably designed projects encompassing expert analysis, planning, design, and project management. Her commitment to integrating nature, community, and construction technologies has been embodied in multi-scale projects in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Eleonora Zilianti has been a lecturer and visiting professor at the Universite’ de Montreal, the City College of New York School of Landscape Architecture, and the 'Universita’ degli Studi di Sassari, Italy.


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Certificate - LA CES PDH
1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
1.25 PDH credits  |  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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