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Green Infrastructure 7: Best Practices for Landscape

This course is seventh in an eight course series on Green Infrastructure that provides a template for design and implementation of Green Building concepts as they apply to cities and municipalities.

This 3-hour interactive online course gives you the information and action items to assess sites and identify opportunities to use Best Management Practices (BMPs) in “Green” planning, design and construction. You'll get:

  • Citywide landscape planning
  • Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity and ecology
  • Landscapes capable of high rates of stormwater absorption, infiltration, and treatment
  • Tree planting for quantity, density and diversity
  • Turfgrass reduction
  • Plant selection
  • Designing water-efficient landscapes
  • Pest Management

The other courses included in the "Green Building for Infrastructure" series are:

  • Green Infrastructure 1: Introduction to High Performance Guidelines
  • Green Infrastructure 2: Best Practices for Site Assessment
  • Green Infrastructure 3: Best Practices for Streetscape
  • Green Infrastructure 4: Best Practices for Pavement
  • Green Infrastructure 5: Best Practices for Utilities
  • Green Infrastructure 6: Best Practices for Stormwater Management
  • Green Infrastructure 8: Best Practices for Construction Practices

It is recommended that you take the Introduction course before taking the Best Practices courses.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe Green Building principles and practices as they apply to Landscape
  • Explain standards, specifications, zoning regulations, processes, and policies to encourage the proliferation of high-quality, attractive, and healthy landscapes
  • Discuss maintaining and enhancing biodiversity and ecology
  • List a diversity of ecotypes to repair or restore existing site systems
  • Identify landscapes that are capable of high rates of stormwater absorption, infiltration, and treatment
  • Discuss structural soils in trafficked planted areas or under pavements where planting will occur, to maximize plant health and minimize pavement damage
  • Describe constructing earth berms to reduce unwanted noise, absorb excess fill, and to improve aesthetics and quality of life in residential neighborhoods where sufficient space exists
  • Explain continuous soil trenches or root paths to provide greater area for root growth, better access to air, moisture and nutrients
  • Discuss establishing a meadow or using native ground covers in lieu of turfgrass and using lower maintenance turfgrass species where recreational activities warrant need for mown grass
  • Describe reducing water consumption and protecting water quality by designing a water-efficient landscape
  • List biointensive integrated pest management (BIPM) techniques to minimize the use of synthetic chemicals for control of disease, invasives and pests
  • Use the material from this course to develop your own checkists to improve existing policies and procedure

Course Price: $ 116.85

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