Ecological Restoration / Remediation / Brownfields

Field Session

FS-009 - Urban Green Infrastructure: Collaboration Creates Sustainable Solutions

Friday, October 20
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM


Explore the concrete jungle of L.A., where we will see several urban green infrastructure sites in various stages of evolution, from construction to ongoing performance and measurement. Stops include an EcoCampus, wetlands park, greenway, green street, and a Japanese garden within a sewage treatment facility that uses recycled wastewater.

$105 per person; includes transportation, bottled water, and boxed lunch. Moderate walking.

Learning Objectives:

Evan Mather

AHBE Landscape Architects

As one of AHBE’s practice leaders, Evan Mather builds upon AHBE’s experience in landscape infrastructure, water quality, conservation, and environmental performance. He has led several award-winning projects, including Burbank Water and Power’s EcoCampus, which earned a Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) certification in 2013. Evan’s extensive project experience includes primary education, streetscapes, parks and open spaces, and higher learning environments. Evan is also an independent filmmaker, which include “So What?” an ASLA award-winning documentary about sustainability. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, from Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


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Glen Dake

Landscape Architect

Glen Dake is a landscape architect and leader in building community-designed landscapes in California. In 1996 he started his own practice; in 2010 co-founded DakeLuna Consultants. He helped to start the LA Community Garden Council in 1998. He joined Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff to lead his successful green agenda between 2001 and 2005 and assisted in bringing the City of LA into compliance with the Clean Water Act and to build thirteen new parks. Glen holds a BSLA from Cornell University. He is appointed to the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.


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Eileen Alduenda

Senior Manager, Urban Ecological Design
Council for Watershed Health

Eileen Alduenda has over ten years of research and project management experience related to urban design and stormwater management issues. She currently manages a portfolio of projects that includes performance monitoring, maintenance training, and education and outreach activities for LAUSD schools implementing LID BMPs; concept development of a multi-agency green street project; and stormwater management technical assistance to underserved communities. Past projects include managing the Elmer Paseo Stormwater Improvements Project, an alley retrofit demonstrating multiple benefits of green infrastructure. Eileen has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington.


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Emily Gabel-Luddy

City Council Member
City of Burbank

Emily Gabel-Luddy, FASLA, received a MLA from the UMA, Amherst. She is a 1990-91 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2006, she established the Urban Design Studio within the City of Los Angeles Planning Department. Received numerous local, state and national awards for her public work in landscape urbanism. Currently, lectures at USC. While retired from the City of L.A., Emily won a seat on the Burbank City Council and served as Mayor where she continues to emphasize the return of nature to the city. She was re-elected to a second 4 year term in 2015.


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Ernesto Rivera

Civil Engineer
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer with over 17 years of experience in Water Resources Engineering, Land Development, Project Management, and Staff Development. Currently, Ernesto is responsible for long-term planning and management of multi-benefit projects which integrate flood risk management, water conservation, water quality, habitat, open space, and recreational amenities within the Upper Los Angeles River Watershed.


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