In the United States, as in
most locations, environmental degradation has become a very,
problem. Whereas past generations of designers were focused on social equity and justice,
many of our incoming
students are also environmentally motivated. They have recognized
that truly sustainable urban environments not only need to
preserve and remediate existing ecologies, but also need to
approach carbon-neutrality in their formative principles.
the design environmentally sensitive? Does it connect and
enhance existing ecosystems? Does it create new habitat? Does it
reduce our carbon footprint?
for dense, walkable, mixed-use community configurations
surrounded by preserved natural open space is rapidly expanding
in the United States.
developments in LEED design guidelines reward environmentally
responsible design. Many of the guidelines promoted by LEED are
Landscape Architectural in nature:
grey water systems.
gradient differences between developed and
undeveloped areas and minimize their impact
systems as well as
native and drought tolerant
Landscape Architecture can be used to create new, and link existing, wildlife habit thereby assisting biodiversity.
Landscape Architecture can be used to diminish urban runoff, thereby lessening erosion.
Landscape Architecture can be used to purify water and contaminated air.
Landscape Architecture can be used to create the comfortable urban microclimates.
Landscape Architecture can be an effective method of environmental education for the public.