MON-C08: Renewable Energy: Transforming the American Landscape in an Era of Climate Change

American Society of Landscape Architects


Monday, November 9, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. CST

CM | 1.50

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At the 50 year anniversary of President Johnson’s White House Conference on Natural Beauty, climate change is driving the next major transformation of America’s open spaces: the transition to the Renewable Energy Landscape. This session explores how best to balance renewable energy’s many environmental benefits with its considerable scenic impacts. Learning Objectives - Learn what’s driving renewable energy development: balancing between energy demand, climate change, aesthetic/environmental tradeoffs. - Obtain new information about the unique visual properties that make renewable energy facilities “super impactors” and why cumulative visual impacts are a special problem for renewable energy and transmission projects. - Learn about onsite and regional mitigation strategies that facilitate investment into key conservation priorities. - Learn about addressing the aesthetic/environmental tradeoffs through building a landscape conservation and energy industry partnership, and the role landscape architects can play in this partnership.