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Sustainable Site Solutions – More than a Mantra

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LAND online’s Interview with Joseph E. Brown:

“Peering into the Future”

Joe Brown serves as Chief Executive of AECOM’s Planning, Design + Development group.  He has been a leader in the fields of planning and landscape architecture, emphasizing the need to more fully integrate both environmental and economic planning into the realm of the land-based professions.  In an interview with Pierre Bélanger, Associate Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he makes some important points about getting beyond mere platitudes, to the “nuts & bolts” of what really constitutes sustainability:

“Right now, there’s too much talk about sustainability in every definable dimension, axis, and mode, in dimensions ranging from the social to the economic. These are all important subjects, but we need tighter, more hard-core systems of integration between the landscape of infrastructure and urbanism, where site systems interface with spatial experiences and connect with ecological processes.”

Holistic approaches require design professionals to leave the individual silos of their respective disciplines.  We must begin to interact more effectively if we are to develop innovative and comprehensive solutions.  Sustainable sites must address both the macro matters of the ecological processes Joe mentions, and the micro matters of “right plant, right place”.  Take for example the issue of stormwater management – creating natural systems that encourage infiltration, protect against erosion, and enhance the aesthetics of a landscape is more difficult than simply digging a geometric hole in the ground and sodding the banks!

Joe is correct in advocating that we must consider the spatial experiences that people perceive while present on site.  We can never move beyond the need to create pleasant outdoor places for people’s enjoyment.

The economic realities are also significant concerns.  That’s what I like about sustainability – it makes good financial sense.  The fact that there are true cost-savings that can and should be achieved is a compelling argument!

The proverbial “Triple Bottom Line”, addressing the Planet, People, and Profit is what will drive the success of this movement.  The key is getting down to the “nuts & bolts” of making it functional rather than merely theoretical.

Our Living Asset Management Program™ (LAMP) does precisely that!  It provides a mechanism for analyzing the cost-effectiveness of your property’s landscape management program – based on the key metrics of the specific site.  Stay tuned to learn more about how to manage living assets for sustainability and economic enhancement.

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