High Performance Urban Ecosystems

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Presented in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects-St. Louis Chapter, Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and the Academy of Science of St. Louis. 

More than half of our planet’s 7 billion people now live in cities. As our urban areas expand, so does the need for high performance landscapes and regenerative design.

In this presentation we will discuss the interrelated nature between soils, plants, humans and ecosystem function. Site design and maintenance strategies that provide multiple ecosystem services and improve human health and well-being will be discussed, along with case studies illustrating project success and failures.


  • Discuss future population projections and the need for high performance landscapes.
  • Explain the value of high performance urban ecosystems.
  • Generate examples of plant and soil restoration and maintenance practices that improve ecosystem function and human health.
  • Determine the most relevant performance metrics for their projects. 

Heather Venhaus, Principal at Regenerative Environmental Design (Austin, Texas)

2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU HSW

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE: MBG’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd. 63110 (Park and enter on the WEST side of the building)

FEE: $30/USGBC-MGC Members, ASLA, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Academy of Science Members; $45/Non-members

REGISTER: Click here to register online.

Upcycling our Urban Ecosystems
A free evening program on the topic of Upcycling Our Urban Ecosystems will be offered from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The program will begin with appetizers and networking, then presenter Heather Venhaus will challenge attendees to think broadly about all outdoor spaces and recognize their untapped potential. Click here to learn more!

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.


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