Sustainable Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-B03 - SITES: Water Cycle Management and Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change

Sunday, October 22
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


The SITES v2 Rating System—a performance-based process—encourages projects to conserve water, maximize the use of precipitation, and protect water quality, with the goal always being to restore natural systems. Examine and integrate future hydrologic outcomes such as sea-level rise and create resilient designs that satisfy SITES credits.

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Linette Straus

Professional Practice Manager
American Society of Landscape Architects

Linette Straus, ASLA, ISA, is a Professional Practice Manager at ASLA where she manages The Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project and Green, Complete Street Sourcebook as well as the promotion and services for ASLA on sustainability and green infrastructure. She also develops education and manages the promotion of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES®) in collaboration with USGBC. Linette’s diverse background in landscape architecture, project management, sales, marketing and theater arts have provided her with a unique perspective and the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve success in program development and implementation, as well as with education and outreach.


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Chris Moyles

Principal and Partner
Reed Hilderbrand

Chris Moyles, a Principal and Partner of Reed Hilderbrand, has over twenty-five years experience as a leader in design and technology, with an interest in the implementation of beautiful high-performance landscapes. He has served as the lead for many of the firm’s most acclaimed commissions across all scales and project types, including the Poetry Foundation, the ongoing development of Boston’s Seaport District, and Long Dock Park, among the nation’s first SITES pilot and certified projects. Chris has taught at Boston Architectural College, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and received a MLA from the University of Virginia.


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Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

Associate Professor at the City College of New York
Principal, Catherine Seavitt Studio

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an Associate Professor at the City College of New York and principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio. Her research explores design adaptation to sea level rise in urban coastal environments and examines novel landscape restoration practices addressing climate change. With Denise Hoffman Brandt, she co-edited the book Waterproofing New York (UR Books, 2014). Her co-authored book On the Water: Palisade Bay (Hatje Cantz, 2010) was the foundation of the exhibition “Rising Currents” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her forthcoming book Structures of Coastal Resilience (Island Press, 2017) includes her resiliency proposals for Jamaica Bay.


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April Philips

April Philips Design Works, Inc.

April Philips, FASLA, is a landscape architect, thought leader, artist, and author. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award winning landscape architecture firm whose work focuses on a fusion of nature, art, and technology. April is a national leader in both research and practice associated with sustainable sites and an integrated design approach. April was instrumental in ASLA's development and advocacy of the SITES rating system since 1999 including the development of the first urban infill, mixed-use SITES pilot project in San Francisco. April tirelessly lectures and advocates on the link between sustainable development and climate change.


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