Sustainable Design

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-D08 - Creating and Managing An Organic Land Care Installation and Management Program

Monday, October 23
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Sometimes the real world differs from academia. The two presenters will detail their respective experiences installing and managing landscapes from the St Louis Gateway Arch project and work for the Central Park Conservancy to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the High Line, and the new park system in Louisville KY.

Learning Objectives:

Kevin Burke

Principal Landscape Architect
Atlanta BeltLine Inc

Mr. Burke is Principal LA for ABI., and has thirty-five years of experience on institutional, roadway, college/university, residential, and park projects. He oversees day-to-day design and construction efforts for all public open spaces of the project. and most recently was the CM for the $31,000,000 Westside Trail and the 1.5 mile extension of the Eastside Trail. He was the lead organizer of ABI’s Annual Organic Land Care Symposium which informed practitioners about the more sustainable maintenance of public spaces. He has a BLA degree from USU and is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.


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Thomas A. Smarr

Director of Horticulture and Natural Areas
21st Century Parks

A professional with two decades of experience in horticulture, conservation, and organic landscaping. He holds a master’s degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington. He started his career at the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, MA. But Tom’s most notable work has been leading the management of horticulture at newly designed urban parks at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston, MA and the High Line in New York. He has recently joined 21st Century Parks in Louisville, KY to design and manage gardens and restoration areas for a 4,000 acre new urban park.


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James Sottilo

Ecological Landscape Management

President of Ecological Landscape Management, James is a nationally sought after educator, researcher and arborist. James has worked hours on varied-scaled projects focusing on areas such as organic tree and plant management, soil design and installation, development of natural fertilizer and compost tea materials and industry technology advancement.

Through his formal education and real-time practical work, James has honed his skills to an inspired level when addressing nature. James has been part of research efforts collaborating with entities such as the Rodale Institute and is the creative developer of the patented technology and soil testing system for professionals, the MicroBiometer™.


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MON-D08 - Creating and Managing An Organic Land Care Installation and Management Program

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