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Sustainable SITES Review & Case Study
July 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$30 – $45
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