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Using the Sustainable SITES Initiative as a guide, we will uncover the essential elements for any landscape project to become a sustainable, regenerative long-lived, and healthy natural system benefitting people and nature In this webinar we will: *Investigate the necessity of developing an integrated team (even a small one) *Learn to identify and leverage synergistic relationships between interdependent landscape components *Create horticultural beauty beyond 'drought tolerant' planting and standard planting design principles *Learn that beauty, ease of maintenance, and ecosystem function are not mutually exclusive *Anticipate inevitable disruptors in the sustainable landscape and harness them to build resilience *Integrate education and measurement into sustainable landscape design and maintenance to achieve project goals and foster continuous improvement.
1. Understand why the Sustainable SITES Initiative is effective and how it is structured
2. Learn how to apply systems thinking to the design, construction and maintenance of any site, no matter the size.
3. Understand the synergies inherent in designing, constructing and maintaining the sustainable site
Jodie Cook is a horticulture and landscape design consultant specializing in sustainable, watershed-friendly landscaping. She is a Green Building Council Sustainable SITES Advanced Professional, and is certified in landscape architecture, water efficiency, watershed-wise landscaping practices, fire-resilient design, and rainwater capture and harvesting. She teaches two college classes: Native Planting Design and The Sustainable Landscape, and is active in the Association of Professional Landscape Designers Fire Resilient Design initiative, and the American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainable Design and Development, and Planting Design Professional Practice Networks. Her work is featured in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ national exhibit, Smart Policies for a Changing Climate and she has been interviewed on subjects related to sustainable landscaping by CNN International, Architectural Digest, the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.