Sustainable SITES Review & Case Study

The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) defines what a sustainable site is and elevates the value of landscapes in the built environment. The SITES v2 Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance-based metrics that align land development and management with innovative sustainable design, covering areas such as soil, vegetation, water, materials and human health and well-being.

During this seminar, attendees will review local applications of SITES strategies, specifically a case study of the Forest Park Waterways project, which is currently in design and registered as a Sustainable SITES project. The Waterways project is in the southeast corner of Forest Park and includes the restoration of Bowl, Jefferson, and Round Lakes. The project will incorporate ecosystem services for the landscape and the Park; connecting the water way system, reducing potable water input in the Waterways, managing stormwater onsite, and restoring plantings to enhance the area.  The presentation will feature the importance of collaboration between the landscape architect, civil engineer, City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District.

The session will include a walking tour of the Waterways project, so come dressed to be outside and in comfortable shoes!

Ted Spaid, Partner and Founder, SWT Design
Ted is known around the country for his tacit knowledge of park planning, landscape design, horticulture, environmental planning, and landscape maintenance best practices. His vision and talent is infused in his firm’s practice, ever challenging accepted standards and methodologies. Ted was named ASLA Fellow in 2018 and, in 2012, he was awarded the Robert Goetz Award for this contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.

Zach Snovelle, Associate, SWT Design
In his time at SWT, Zach has played a pivotal role in testing the Sustainable SITES Initiative rating system, working on the design and subsequent certification of two projects during the rating system’s pilot phase. His project experience includes parks and recreation design, campus planning, streetscape design, commercial developments, and high-end residential design. Zach graduated with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture and a horticulture minor from Iowa State University

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

July 31, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 pm

St. Louis University High School (SLUH)
4970 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Backer-G-iLab Classroom

Parking, Entrance & Walking Route Map
Please PARK in the small lot on the south side of Oakland Ave denoted with a YELLOW STAR on the this map. Cross the grassy courtyard area, and go down the stairs to the ENTRANCE denoted with a RED STAR. Once inside, directional signage will point you towards the Innovation Lab Classroom where the seminar will take place. After the classroom presentation portion, we will WALK the route identified in blue dots to view the site. Note this walk is roughly 0.75 miles one way. The seminar will conclude at the site in Forest Park at 5pm (attendees will walk the return route after the conclusion of the seminar.)

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

Click here to register online!

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