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Jobs Bill for Landscape Architects: EPA Stormwater Ruling

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is drafting new stormwater regulations to modernize stormwater management, scheduled for release this fall. The new rules are likely to focus on locally appropriate performance standards for capturing stormwater onsite, giving a strong impetus for LID and green infrastructure techniques. Current regulations simply require cities to use best management practices with no performance goal.
This rule change would not only promote sustainable practices, but would deliver the largest jobs bill for landscape architects of our time.
EPA needs to make the case to Congress that green infrastructure meets stormwater performance objectives as well as creates jobs and costs less. We know this is true but we need to show it.  The case studies in LAF’s Landscape Performance Series achieve this, but we need more – more case studies, in more geographic locations, and with more land use examples.
Please support ASLA’s effort to collect 300 LID case studies by March 31st, and then develop your case study further to submit to LAF to be a part of the Landscape Performance Series.  
With budget cuts, program eliminations, and upcoming legislation, we need to make the case for sustainable landscape solutions now more than ever, so please make the time to document your good work accordingly.

Webinar Provides Overview of LPS Resources

Heard about the Landscape Performance Series, but still not clear on how it can be useful to you?

We’ve developed a 45-min webinar to provide an overview and demonstration of the various resources and tools in the series. The webinar lasts 45-60 minutes and can be presented to groups of 10-100 attendees.

So far we’ve reached hundreds through webinars with offices of JJR, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, AECOM, Design Workshop, and HOK, and the feedback has been extremely positive.

lps-webinarsPresenting to Chicago, Ann Arbor, Madison, and Phoenix via JJR Live!

“This is a fantastic tool! I can think of a number of ways this would’ve been helpful on past proiects…and with meetings I have in the next few weeks.”

“I can see many opportunities to use the Factoid Library in particular.”

“I’m inspired to try to measure the impact of my projects.”

“Great resource! We really need to get this information out beyond the landscape architecture profession.”

Contact us at to schedule a webinar for your firm, department, organization, or group. Or if you’d prefer an in-person presentation/demonstration, we may be coming to your region in 2011. Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming trips and events.

Call for LPS Case Study Briefs

The Landscape Performance Series (LPS) Case Study Briefs form a database of built projects with quantified landscape benefits, searchable by benefit, project type, and/or location. Each case study includes a variety of environmental, economic, and/or social benefits along with a methodology document, before/after images, a list of sustainable features, cost comparison and lessons learned. The vision is to grow this resource to include hundreds of projects, representing a wide range of scales, geographic locations and landscape typologies.

lpscasestudycallLPS case studies are submitted by designers or other project stakeholders using an online form, and undergo a review and editing process before being published. LAF is currently seeking submissions to add to our growing database of exemplary built projects. The deadline to submit for the next round of review and publication is Tuesday, February 15. 

Participation increases awareness about your sustainable project(s), demonstrates thought leadership, and shares information so that others — both inside and outside the profession — can learn from your good work. By contributing to the LPS, you will be helping to enrich our collective knowledge about landscape performance, generate demand for the profession, and assist sustainability implementers around the world in understanding and communicating the value of sustainable landscape solutions.

We invite you to submit a Case Study Brief today!

LAF Events in Seattle on Nov 30

Join us for what should be a lively discussion and networking opportunity!

mithun-pier56Landscape Performance Presentation and Panel Discussion
Tues, Nov 30, 4:30pm at Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Barbara Deutsch, LAF Executive Director, will provide an overview of the Landscape Performance Series, followed by a discussion on landscape performance with panelists from the University of Washington, the City of Seattle, SvR Design, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Mithun.

Benefit Reception
6:30pm at Mithun, Pier 56

Following the discussion, join Marshall Foster, the Director of Planning for the City of Seattle at a benefit reception to support LAF’s research and scholarship programs.

To RSVP, please send an e-mail to by Mon, Nov 29, 12pm PST.

This event is being hosted by: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Mithun, and SvR Design.
Sponsors include: Cedar Grove, CMS Collaborative, Cold Spring Granite, Hewitt, Iron Age Designs, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, KPFF Consulting & Engineering, Krekow Jennings, Landscape Forms, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Planting Design, Louis Poulsen, and Urban Accessories/Architecreation, ValleyCrest Landscape Development.

LPS Resources are Growing with the Help of Submitters, Research Assistants...and You!

Have you checked out the Landscape Performance Series lately? Since the September launch, we’ve added new Case Studies, Factoids, Tools and Scholarly Works. New Case Study Briefs include contributions from Peter Walker and Partners, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and Mithun.

uva-rakatieUVA First-year MLA student Katie JenkinsOther resources have been added thanks to our stellar team of Research Assistants. Katie Jenkins and Erica Thatcher, both MLA students at the University of Virginia, are working with professor Kristina Hill to identify new sources for LPS content. Katie has been combing the university databases to seek out factoids from published research and build our collection of student theses and dissertations related to landscape performance. Erica has compiled research on landscape benefits related to soil health and is working to produce a Case Study Brief on the Dell at UVA.

Kent Milson, a Masters of Urban Planning student at Texas A&M, is working with Department Head Forster Ndubisi to identify online calculators and uva-raericaUVA third-year MLA student Erica Thatchertools that can be used to quantify the landscape performance benefits of projects.

You, too, can contribute by sending us any leads on Tools, Factoids, and Scholarly Works. Or showcase your good work by submitting a case study to our growing database of exemplary built projects.

The deadline to submit for the upcoming round of review and publication is Tues, Nov 30. The next call won’t be until April 2011, so submit your case study today!