RedVector RV-10483

The Sustainable Site Design Process

The Sustainable Site Design Process

1 hr. Online Course

Level: Fundamental

Item#: RV-10483

SME: Heather Venhaus

This course has been discontinued.

Sustainable site design is a creative and analytical process of information gathering, investigation, and composition that utilizes art and science to connect natural and built systems in a mutually beneficial way. Design outcomes are not inherently sustainable and should not be assumed just because a site is made up of vegetation, soil, and other natural components. Like all successful aspects of a project, sustainability must be intentional and nurtured.
 
By infusing sustainability into all aspects of the design, it becomes an interwoven and inseparable component that is vital to the project’s overall success. Traditional design processes and team interactions do not always support sustainable outcomes. To help overcome this issue, this course will cover an integrated design process designers can use which encourages the collaborative efforts of a project team and the utilization of the technical expertise of other professions to broaden the team's awareness of the range of possible design solutions. Posted by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved.
Course Objectives
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Provide the definition of an integrated design and reproduce the steps of the integrated design process.
  • Summarize how to define a project.
  • Explain the purpose of a site inventory and site design.
  • Identify the components required in establishing the project direction.
  • List the design phases for developing a sustainable site.
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Heather Venhaus
Heather  Venhaus Photo
As the daughter of a West Texas dryland farmer and a community health nurse, the concepts of sustainability shaped my childhood.  Regular conversations around the dinner table included the longevity of the Ogallala aquifer, public health issues, the carrying capacity of the land and most importantly, how we could improve all of those things for the betterment of our community.  Through these casual discussions I began to understand that I could be a catalyst for positive change - an ideal that has carried through in my professional and personal life. 

I am a bit of a dreamer and seem to have developed a pattern of envisioning work environments or projects that excite me, then accepting the challenge of making those things happen.  So far, it's worked out well and has led me to gain wonderful project experience with teams of scientists, designers, and educators on projects emphasizing sustainable design, landscape restoration, and environmental education.  After completing the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks in 2009, I resigned from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to stay home with my newborn son and see what the world had to offer.   When not attending playdates or checking out parks, I continue to work on projects that excite me and have found that “professional escapes” from motherhood give me a better life prospective and greatly improve my sense of humor, particularly when dealing with toddler tantrums.  

Since being out on my own I have had the pleasure of being a contributing author to the Sustainable Sites Handbook, writing my own book Designing the Sustainable Site, working with Ten Eyck Landscape Architects on the  Campus Transformation Project at the University of Texas at El Paso and joining forces with Geosyntec to improve the City of Austin’s Environmental Criteria Manual and explore green infrastructure options for neighborhoods.  I am constantly dreaming, planning, and scheming about the future and always look forward to the next adventure.   A more detailed description of my background and professional experience can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/heathervenhaus
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