Upcycling Our 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. 

In a world where 6 million people are added each month, every piece of land matters. However, in our quest for sustainability, we habitually neglect the full potential of built landscapes.

Urban areas are increasingly where we come into contact with the natural world – not just in parks and nature preserves, but in more familiar places like residential landscapes, restaurants, campuses, and even parking lots. Too often, these spaces are designed to serve a particular, and often limited, purpose.

This presentation will challenge attendees to think broadly about all outdoor spaces and recognize their untapped potential.


  • Explain the concept of ecosystem services and how it applies to regenerative design.
  • Apply design strategies to improve the overall performance of built landscapes.
  • Describe conventional land development and maintenance practices that negatively impact the triple bottom line. 
  • Distinguish between performance metrics that reduce environmental impacts and those that build ecosystem value.

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

1 GBCI CE Hour
1 LACES Credit

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Alberici, 8800 Page Ave. 63114 map

Free for all attendees!

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High Performance Urban Ecosystems
Following the evening presentation, Heather will deliver an in-depth seminar on the topic of High Performance Urban Ecosystems. This 2-hour seminar will explore 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. This seminar will take place from 8:00-10:00 am on Wed, September 9, 2015 for a fee of $30/members of partnering organizations and $45/non-member.  Click here for more details.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

ASP Enterprises

DJM Ecological

Kozeny Wagner

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

SWT Design

This program is supported in part by the
St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District
and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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