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Green Design: Introduction to Sustainable Water Systems I

It is often said when discussing sustainable practices that people need to think globally and act locally. This is especially true when dealing with water resources. Unlike any other resource, water cycles through the earth’s environments at global and continental scales, but at each step of that journey serves as a highly valued local resource. This is the first course in the sustainable approach to water in buildings, sites, and campuses series. It systematically introduces key concepts that help professionals understand the larger watershed and community water systems that local development practices impact, and the cultural, social, economic, and health benefits communities derive from earth’s water systems.

This 2-hour interactive online course also introduces the consequences of conflicts between current development practices and these water systems and emerging developments practices that work better with, and have a lower-impact on watershed systems. Brief overviews of the LEED WE ratings and low-impact practices including water conservation and recycling, stormwater, water harvesting are included to help orient professionals to practices they may wish to learn more about. Lastly, the course wraps up with some examples of how strategies introduced in the lesson can contribute to and express the natural, cultural, social, and aesthetic character of places.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss both larger watershed and community water systems local sites support
  • Explain the impact of local development practices on water systems, local water resource reserves, and water quality
  • Identify the cultural, social, economic, and health benefits communities derive from earth’s water systems
  • Predict consequences of the conflicts between current development practices and these water systems
  • Recognize emerging developments practices that work better with, and have a lower-impact on watershed systems
  • Describe the LEED WE rating system
  • Discuss low-impact practices that support water conservation, recycling, harvesting, and stormwater management – and help meet the LEED WE rating
  • Recall examples of how these practices provide opportunities to express natural, cultural, social, and aesthetic character of place

    Course Price: $ 79.90


    Continuing Education Credits approved for:
    • AIA
    • ICC
    • IEI
    • IIDA
    • LEED
    • NKBA
    • OAA