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Green Infrastructure Tour: Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory

November 1, 2019 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


Following the workshop, participants will migrate to Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes for the tour (this portion is optional but will provide great insight into the SITES rating system). Participants in the tour will get to see a SITES platinum certified project where they can connect the prerequisites and various credits to the actual as-built physical development on a real site. During the hour-long tour you will learn about the native plant communities of the CSL landscape, innovative storm water management features like the CSL roof garden, lagoon, and rain gardens. You will see the workings of a net-zero energy building and site. Along the way we will discuss the integrative design process and site assessment, maintenance and construction concerns and other issues related to a SITES project.

About our guide:

Mark D’Amico, RLA, Manager of Studio Phipps at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Mark joined Phipps’ team after working as a landscape architect for Astorino CannonDesign, creating land development plans for clients such as Department of Energy NETL, the V.A. and Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh. Mark has written sustainable landscape design guidelines for college campuses and has consulted on design and operational improvements for conservatories and botanical gardens. He has a Healthcare Garden Design Certification from the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. He is a SITES AP and led the effort to recertify the Phipps CSL project to SITES v2 Platinum Certification.

Learning Objectives:

  • To build awareness of the Sustainable SITES standard, including its relationship to, and alignment with, other rating systems
  • To familiarize practitioners with the rating system and what it takes to get a landscape certified
  • To allow practitioners to engage with a real-life SITES Platinum case study to see how the standard can be applied in a regional context
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November 1, 2019
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
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Leslie Montgomery


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc.
One Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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