The “Not so Inconvenient” Truth of Carbon and Landscape Architecture - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 GBCI SITES-Specific CE

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With the global imperative for carbon emission reductions and sequestration, landscape architects can play a critical role in maximizing their capacity to realistically mitigate climate change. This session will review the carbon conundrum from our profession’s perspective and provide context, tools, and strategies toward achieving climate-positive design.

The GBCI course ID for this course is 0920023418, 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 landscape architect's carbon footprint and handprint.
  • Identify the differences between embedded, operational, and sequestered carbon.
  • Understand strategies and tools to evaluate and improve the carbon capacity of any project.
  • Understand advocacy with manufacturers and how to reduce carbon impacts of construction materials.

Meg Calkins, FASLA

Professor of Landscape Architecture

North Carolina State University

Meg Calkins, FASLA, is Professor Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University. She is the author of the book Materials for Sustainable Sites and editor of the Sustainable Sites Handbook. Calkins has taken an active leadership role in development and implementation of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) since 2003. She is a frequent Contributing Editor to Landscape Architecture magazine writing several articles on site construction materials and exemplary designed works. She currently serves on the Landscape Architecture Magazine Editorial Advisory Board.



Andropogon Associates, Ltd.

José Almiñana, FASLA, is a principal at Andropogon Associates, a landscape architecture firm known for its regenerative development approach. Trained as both a landscape architect and architect, José has practiced and advocated tirelessly for design that harmonizes people and place through a holistic understanding of our environment and the aspirations of the community. His projects demonstrate and promote innovative and regenerative site development strategies that heal our landscapes and contribute solutions to our present environmental challenges. José was the recipient of the ASLA President’s Medal in 2010 and was elected to the ASLA Council of Fellows the same year.

Pamela Conrad, ASLA, LEED AP

Principal, Founder

CMG Landscape Architecture, Climate Positive Design

Pamela is a Principal at CMG Landscape Architecture and Founder of Climate Positive Design. Conrad specializes on climate mitigation and resilient design in the public realm, focusing on San Francisco's waterfront. Her work is informed by a background in Plant Science and a passion for the environment rooted in growing up on a farm. She is an ASLA Climate Action Committee member, 2018-2019 LAF Fellow for Innovation and Leadership and recipient of the 2019 NCRE Women of Influence Award. She has published numerous works and presented internationally for developing the landscape carbon calculator Pathfinder app and Climate Positive Design Challenge.


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10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass Successful completion of this quiz is required to earn your PDH for this webinar.
8 Questions
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