What is Sustainable Landscaping?

Tuesday March 13, 2012 School of Jellyfish 183 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508

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This presentation will answer the question “What is Sustainable Landscaping?” and what are the fundamental requirements to achieve it. We will discuss and review site due diligence items and environmental considerations that must be reviewed before a single plant is considered for a project, such as: hardiness zones, site solar orientation, soil conditions, existing and proposed site elements, water availability and site functionality.

 With an understanding of these elements we will discuss the use of native plant materials and their benefits to create a sustainable landscape for every application. This will include a review of some examples of the proper application of sustainable landscaping.

 The presenter’s will also speak on Green Stormwater Infrastructure Practices.  These include: bioretention basics, cisterns, permeable pavers/pervious concrete, disconnected impervious areas, vegetated swales, soil amendments, rainwater harvesting and green roofs.

About The Presenters:   

Justin E. Dates, R.L.A., LEED AP Mr. Dates has over 12 years of experience in residential, commercial and recreational design and project management for projects throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island. Justin’s experience includes land planning, landscape architecture and site design for development projects including preparation of construction documents, utility systems, civil site design, environmental impact statements, landscape and lighting, and construction administration. These development projects include active adult and market rate single-family homes, multi-family housing projects, mixed-use developments, commercial facilities, public and private recreation areas. Mr. Dates’ municipal experience includes the review of development applications on behalf of several municipalities.

Justin’s background is in Landscape Architecture and specializes in the development of complete landscape and lighting designs for all projects mentioned above, as well as recreational fields, playgrounds, passive and active parks, trails and streetscape design. Specifically creating and detailing, aesthetic plantings for residential and commercial developments, re-establishing/naturalizing disturbed areas, native planting schemes, landscape design for stormwater management facilities and buffer/screen plantings. Mr. Dates is a Registered Landscape Architect in New York, LEED Accredited Professional and an Associate at Maser Consulting P.A. He earned his B.S. in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University. Andrew B. Fetherston, P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ, CFMAndrew’s experience draws from 25 years of Civil Engineering practice for land development, and public works projects. Andrew is an expert in drainage and hydrology, hydraulic design, flood impact mitigation and storm water quality. Besides design, Andrew provides construction administration and inspection services. Mr. Fetherston’s design background in drainage and hydrology stems from an extensive list of projects where he gained a thorough knowledge of the subject. That knowledge is further evidenced by Mr. Fetherston’s certifications as a Professional Engineer in 3 states, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, CPESC, a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality, CPSWQ and as a Certified Floodplain Manager, CFM. Andrew prepares and reviews storm water pollution prevention plans for major and minor projects and is fluent with MS4 permitting. He designs dams and performs flood studies. Mr. Fetherston has extensive experience in computer modeling methods including The Army Corps of Engineers HEC-1 and HEC-RAS programs. Andrew manages the Newburgh NY office of Maser Consulting P.A. and is a graduate of Manhattan College.

Light refreshments will be provided.