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The Science, Services and Performance of Sustainable Sites


UW Botanic Gardens is pleased to offer this series co-sponsored with the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) and Seattle Public Utilities.


An evening series Science of Sustainable Sites

These sessions provide more depth into the science behind the Sustainable SITES Initiative and discuss further challenges and opportunities.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 all day workshop

The May 18, 2011 workshop explored the science behind and intent of the Sustainable Sites Initiative with a focus on how the SITES guidelines can transform our urban ecosystems, horticulture industry, and design and construction practices.  Educational sessions and small group dialogue identified current obstacles and brainstormed ways to hurdle them. The day built cross-disciplinary relationships, with focused discussion among a diverse professional community.

Urban Ecosystem Services & Their Value
Kathleen Wolf, Ph.D., University of Washington and US Forest Service

The What and Why of the Sustainable Sites Initiative
David McDonald, Seattle Public Utilities

Salmon Safe Program: Local Performance Demonstrated
Ellen Southard, Outreach Coordinator for Salmon Safe and Stewardship Partners

Urban Design and Sustainable Sites: Dual Performances or Dueling Performances?
Brice Maryman, SvR Design Company

Can Nurseries Meet the Objectives of SITES?
Tom Quigley, owner of Olympic Nursery and past president of WSNLA

Breakout Group Discussions and Reporting on Solutions and Next Steps

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Speaker Bios

Brice Maryman is a landscape architect with SvR Design Company.  His work focuses on making urban systems that are humane, ecologically-responsive, healthy and equitable.

Ellen Southard is the co-founder of Site Story, an Honorary member of AIA Seattle, and the Outreach Coordinator for Salmon Safe and Stewardship Partners. She is a trained community engagement facilitator with 20 years experience advising with planners, architects public and private land owners on low impact development and preservation.

Tom Quigley is owner and manager of Olympic Nursery, in Woodinville.  They are a retail/wholesale nursery and landscape installation firm, specializing in trees for landscapes.  Since 1990 he has walked, explored and observed thousands of acres of tree farms and horticulture production facilities throughout Washington and Oregon.  Tom has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1996.  Tom is active in the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association.  He served as President of that organization for 2008 and 2009.

Dr. Kathleen L. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist with the College of the Environment, University of Washington, and has a joint appointment with the USDA Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station to help develop a program on Urban Natural Resources Stewardship. Kathy's studies are based on the principles of environmental psychology; her research is an effort to better understand the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban ecosystems. An overview of Dr. Wolf's research programs can be found at www.naturewithin.info; another major project is the Green Cities: Good Health science review: www.greenhealth.washington.edu.

David McDonald is a biologist and environmental scientist with Seattle Public Utilities, focusing on soil science and environmentally friendly landscape design and development practices.  He leads the Washington Organic Recycling Council’s “Soils for Salmon” initiative, which is transforming development practices around the Northwest, and serves on the technical core committee of the national Sustainable Sites Initiative.


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