Dear Sustainable Design and Development members,
I am happy to submit a brief summary of the latest “green” news. Here is an update on what has been going on behind the scenesthrough the work ofthe SD&D’s officers, members, and ASLA headquarters over the past year. Two officers, Deb Guenther, ASLA and Allegra Bukojemsky, ASLA, have contributed additional thumbnail reports covering LEED v 3 and the new book, Measuring Landscapes. These reports appear on the following pages. More detailed information will follow in our first official newsletter of the year. Look for it in November! 1. From Site Metric Summit with Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center (TWC) through latest tool developments, LEED v 3 efforts, and tool funding:
The Site Metrics Summit in the fall of 2005 was a success and confirmed the need and value for a sustainable site initiative tool. The SDD officers held a smaller summit in March 2006 to compile all of the comments received from the summit attendees and PPN members, and created a preliminary timeline for the site initiative’s development. The tool was initially branded as SITESS (Systems Integration Tool for Sustainable Sites) but is now being formally referred to as the ASLA/TWC Sustainable Sites Initiative. Officers have been busy presenting the initiative’s vision to various conferences and organizations throughout the year. We have received great feedback from many sources and especially from the ASLA’s Board of Trustees. Two subcommittees were formed by the officers – one to pursue funding opportunities and one to advise the development of the formal technical committees. Members of the PPN officer’s group also attended their respective chapter meetings of the USGBC across the country to encourage expansion of site issues with particular emphasis on bioregional weighting of site issues. Proposals addressed the goals of the ASLA/TWC Sustainable Site Initiative which seeks to both influence existing LEED tools and develop a site only rating tool that may become a LEED product in the future. ASLA and TWC are pleased that the U.S. Botanic Garden is interested in partnering on the initiative. The U.S. Botanic Garden hosted the initial product development committee meeting on September 18th, 19th, and 20th. See the September 26th LAND Online release for a report on the September 2006 meeting
. 2. ASLA/TWC Sustainable Site Initiative presentations at next ASLA annual meeting in Minneapolis: Sunday October 8 at 4:00 - 5:30 pm
This education session will feature an update on the Sustainable Site Initiative’s progress, as well as a dialogue on constraints and opportunities of regional applications and potential bioregional weighting of site issues. It will include some case studies of sustainable landscape projects that are exploring these site issues. It should be a very informative session.
3. Sustainable Design & Development PPN meeting at next ASLA annual meeting in Minneapolis:
Saturday October 7 at 10:00 – 11:00 am
Come meet fellow members and officers of our very active PPN group. We will discuss organizational tools, voting procedures for future officers, PPN roles for members, potential ways and means for members to contribute to the effort in the coming year, discussion on the framework for setting up technical corresponding committees and other suggestions that will help push the tool forward. We will also be sharing latest PPN news from the PPN Council meeting taking place on October 6 with all PPN chairs attending.
4. ASLA/TWC Sustainable Site Initiative presentation at Greenbuild Denver:
Presentation on ASLA/TWC Sustainable Site Initiative at Denver, Wednesday November 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. If you are attending Greenbuild, please support this presentation. 5. Newsletter:
Our first newsletter will be coming out in the next few months. Included in the newsletter will be a calendar of speaking events for 2006-2007, fabulous eco web sites to check out, movie review of An Inconvenient Truth (go see it now!), and more….. so please stay tuned. Below are two preliminary time sensitive articles that are examples of the types of articles you will find in the upcoming newsletter.
April Philips, ASLA