Submit a Case Study Brief

Why Submit?

Increase awareness about your sustainable project(s)

Demonstrate thought leadership related to landscape performance

Make project information available in an easily-accessible online format

Share project and performance data so that designers, clients, agencies and advocates can learn from your good work

Add to the knowledge base, increasing our collective capacity to achieve sustainability

The Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs feature sustainable projects with quantified landscape benefits. Submitters should be prepared to gather information and develop a case study based on the LPS guidance — it is unlikely that the information in an existing project cut sheet will fulfill the LPS requirements.

To submit

  1. Send an e-mail to lps@lafoundation.org expressing your interest. Please include the name and location of the project and the primary contact person for the case study submission.
  2. Compile the relevant information. Our Submit Case Study Guidance document, provides an overview of the information and images you’ll need.
  3. Submit your case study using the Online Submission Form. Our new form allows you to create an account and password so that you can save your work and come back to it.

Once the case study has been submitted, LAF staff will review and edit for consistency, soliciting additional information as necessary. Case studies are then sent to a Review Committee, which convenes periodically. Once approved, Case Study Briefs are published on the LAF website. Announcements on the LAF website, e-newsletter, and other communication channels make users aware of the new content.


Types of Projects

  • Since the focus is on performance, case studies must be built projects, NOT projects that are still in the design or construction phase. 
  • Projects should be exemplary in terms of both performance and design. Projects that have received recognition, honors, or awards at the national and local level are most appropriate.
  • Case studies should highlight the multiple benefits of landscape. If a project only addresses one aspect of landscape performance (e.g. a bioswale designed only for stormwater management) it is not appropriate for the LPS.


Landscape Performance Benefits

  • Performance benefits include environmental, economic, and social benefits
  • Quantified benefits can come from monitoring data, a post occupancy evaluation, design calculations, or by using tools or back of the envelope calculations to estimate. For ideas and examples see LAF’s Landscape Performance Tools presentation.
  • Performance benefits should express the end result of a design intervention, NOT the project feature that leads to the benefit. For example, “Used 100% native plant palette” is a design feature, whereas “Reduced site water consumption by 90%” and “Increased number of bird species nesting on the site from 5 to 25.” would be performance benefits.
  • The sources/calculations used to quantify the performance benefits, must be detailed in a methodology document that accompanies each case study. See example: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Interested in Submitting
but need more information or have questions? Contact us at lps@lafoundation.org.