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Congratulations to Carl Adams of DWQ. He was nominated by peers, and celebrated with peers, as the 2016 Watershed Steward of the Year!

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Wednesday, November 16 • 4:05pm - 4:30pm
Landscape Lab: Merging Science & Design for a Landscape of Learning

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Landscape Lab: Merging Science & Design for a Landscape of Learning
Many so-called sustainable solutions to the challenges of urban systems rely on across-the-board application of a set of “best practices” which are often developed elsewhere and may or may not have been rigorously tested or monitored. Such best practices are probably an improvement over the alternative conventional practices, in that they probably do less ecological damage, however we believe there is a better way to engage in landscape and urban design that tests best practices in situ, and offers the opportunity to innovate and generate knowledge, shortening the time lag between research and application. We present a landscape transformation project, the Landscape Lab, on the University of Utah research campus on Red Butte Creek, that has been developed as a collaborative design project between university research faculty and landscape architects. The goal of this merging of scientific and design processes is to create a landscape that is beautiful and engaging, ecologically revitalized, and that serves to build our pool of understanding about ecological restoration and water management in urban landscapes in our unique climate of northern Utah. We will discuss the unique challenges of this merged process, and the considerable potential it holds for changing the way we shape our built environment.

Participants will learn about some of the primary challenges and barriers to creating sustainable urban landscapes in Utah, and opportunities to overcome these by forging new partnerships between different disciplines.

Moderators
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Joe Donaldson

Sr. Landscape Architect/ Environmental Planner, Ecology & Environment, Inc.
Environmental consulting in public and private sectors for projects throughout the western U.S. Projects have included planning and design for flood control, groundwater recharge, reservoirs, stream corridors, wildlife refuges, and recreation and open space areas and have involved ecological restoration, recreation planning, public use management, visual impact assessment, natural resource planning and management, endangered species protection... Read More →

Speakers
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Laura Bandara

Community Planner & Landscape Designer, VODA Landscape + Planning
An award-winning landscape designer, Laura Bandara has engaged in a wide range of design and planning work from the iconic scale of Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i to the city block scale of Salt Lake's Regent Street. Emerging from a background in political science and landscape architecture, her work explores the intersections of ecology and culture, past and future, everyday and extraordinary.
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Brenda Bowen

Geoscientist, University of Utah
Brenda is an interdisciplinary geoscientist who received a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Utah where her doctoral research focused on the history of fluid flow in the Navajo Sandstone. She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Central Michigan University studying the geochemical evolution of acidic brines in southern Western Australia, and then... Read More →
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Sarah Hinners

Director, Ecological Planning Center, University of Utah
Sarah Hinners, PhD is a landscape and urban ecologist on the faculty of the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, and the Acting Director of the Ecological Planning Center. She has a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from McGill University in Montreal, and a PhD in Ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She focuses her efforts as a researcher, educator, and community member on building... Read More →



Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:05pm - 4:30pm
2_Utah Cultural Celebration Center: GALLERY 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119

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