Integrated Ecological Planning and Site Design: Approaching Green Practice
July 15, 2008
Water conservation has become one of the most critical issues relative to the landscape design and management industry today. The emerging trend towards green building, including the highly successful LEED programs promoted through the U.S. Green Building Council, has elevated the importance of sustainable landscape design and management.
In this program, David Yocca provided an overview of sustainable design based upon the doctrine of ecologically based landscape planning and integrated rainwater management. He described a range of strategies and techniques used in green community planning and site design, and how these strategies address water conservation while providing great beauty and value as landscapes. He explored the possibilities of sustainable landscape design for residential, commercial, and large-scale landscape development projects located throughout North America. Coffee Creek Center, a planned community in Chesterton, Indiana, was used as a case study to illustrate the practical application of these practices.