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This fall, LAF is rolling out 20 new case studies that showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of high-performing landscapes. The case studies are part of LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help you quantify benefits, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. By year-end, the searchable database will contain over 100 Case Study Briefs.
From the Atlanta Beltline to exemplar public high schools to the Visitors Center at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the new case studies represent a range of locations, scales, and project types. Documented landscape performance benefits include:
- Influenced the housing choice of 76% of 51 survey respondents who live within one mile of the park. (Renaissance Park, Chattanooga, TN)
- Reduces hardscape surface temperatures by 30-45°F and maintains playground surface temperatures under 82°F. (George “Doc” Cavalliere Park, Scottsdale, AZ)
- Promotes physical activity with 70% of survey respondents saying they exercise more since the opening of the Eastside Trail. (Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, Atlanta, GA)
- Provides educational opportunities for an estimated 50,000 visitors per year. 68% of 71 survey respondents achieved the learning objectives, answering 7 out of 9 questions correctly. (Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell Plantation, Ithaca, NY)
- Contributed to an 85% increase in the values of properties that were located within a half-block of the streetscape. (1100 Block of Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach, FL)
These exemplary projects were documented through LAF’s 2014 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, a unique research collaboration that matched 7 LAF-funded faculty/student research teams with practitioners from 15 participating design firms. The teams worked together to develop methods to quantify performance benefits and produce the Case Study Briefs. The next CSI program will run March – August 2015 with applications available starting in October.
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