With the growth of new technologies for permeable pavement, sustainably-sourced materials, and energy-efficient lighting, today’s landscape professional faces new opportunities and new challenges. Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) for this symposium to explore ecological approaches to the design and construction of hardscapes. Participants in this symposium will learn how to select new and traditional materials and how to bring them together to create durable and beautiful high-performance landscapes. CEUs are available for this program, please see list below for details.
Sustainable Hardscapes: What Questions Should We be Asking?
Hardscape is the non-living functional elements of a landscape such as roads, paths, furnishings, and lighting. The term sustainable implies that we should always consider the Triple Bottom Line which balances social, economic and environmental impacts and benefits. What are some of the basic tenets for choosing sustainable hardscape materials? Lisa Cowan, PLA, ASLA will share some insights from ongoing research and the Sustainable Sites Initiative which can inform landscape designers about how to approach the complex questions of site performance, life cycle impacts and tailoring your decisions to fit your project. See Lisa’s bio below.
Building the Ecological Landscape: Oyster Shell Park
Jesse Harris and Luke McCoy, landscape architects at BSC Group, tie it all together with an in-depth discussion on sustainable approaches to hardscape design and construction. Through the firms work on the award winning Oyster Shell Park, the presentation will explore materials, design and specification of such materials, and constructability. The focus will be around real world applications of the latest sustainable hardscape materials. Luke and Jesse will also share their lessons learned for other materials used within the firm’s diverse project portfolio. (See bios below.)
Lisa Cowan, PLA, ASLA is Principal of Studioverde – a collaborative of landscape architects and site practitioners specializing in ecological design, resource economics, horticulture and public art. Lisa’s work exemplifies a lifelong interest in the restoration of natural systems and community engagement in the natural world. She has expertise in ecology-based design, low impact construction and land management. Lisa is a co-chair and editor for ASLA’s Sustainable Design Professional Practice network and has been active in professional and public outreach on the Sustainable Sites Initiative rating system since 2009. Lisa was a recent ELA newsletter contributor on a post titled: 7 Reasons You Should be Using SITES v2.
Jesse Harris, PLA, Landscape Architect, has over eight years of experience as a licensed landscape architect in the state of Connecticut where he works for BSC Group. He has been the lead designer for numerous projects throughout Connecticut with a focus on creative sustainable landscapes that enhance the user’s experience. His work encompasses public and private sector development, park and recreation facilities, as well as K-12 and higher education. Jesse holds an Associate Degree in Landscape Contracting from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Luke McCoy, PLA, LEED AP, Landscape Architect, is the Manager of Landscape Architecture in BSC’s Glastonbury, CT office with over 12 years of experience in design and project management. His wide range of prior practice encompasses all facets of site development. His knowledge of local and state permitting processes play an integral role in his understanding of the entire process from schematic design through construction administration. Uniting this knowledge he has participated in the successful design of numerous K-12 educational facilities, athletic facilities, private developments and a variety of other projects.
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