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LEED Sites AP Certification for Vacant Project Sites

Tuesday, February 13
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

PDH: 1

Location: 101A

Level of Presentation: Intermediate

Hot off the press! This course introduces the new SITES Rating System for project sites. This program offers a systematic approach to define, develop, enhance and restore landscapes with the goal of improving ecosystem services, community benefits and economic performance. Participants will learn the benefits of sustainable practices and how to get credit for implementing such practices.

Hot off the press! This course introduces the new SITES Rating System for project sites. This program offers a systematic approach to define, develop, enhance and restore landscapes with the goal of improving ecosystem services, community benefits and economic performance. Participants will learn the benefits of sustainable practices and how to get credit for implementing such practices.

Learning Objectives:

Target Audience: Academic,Architect,Consultant,Contractor,Developer/Builder,Engineer,Landscape,Landscape Architect,Manufacturer,Storm Water,Stream/Wetland,Supplier

Richard Beck

Vice President
Michael Baker International

Richard Beck, CPESC, PWS, CEP, has extensive experience in the regulatory, environmental and ecosystem restoration disciplines. Mr. Beck leads Michael Baker’s West Region Ecosystem Services discipline, which provides professional restoration and regulatory services such as planning, implementation, maintenance and monitoring. Mr. Beck excels in the restoration of riparian ecosystems, both as standalone projects and mitigation for jurisdictional impacts. As a Statewide Instructor and Trained Practitioner of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM), Mr. Beck assesses the value of resources on project sites, which helps clients conduct cost/benefit analyses and develop win/win approaches.

Mr. Beck also successfully leads federal, state, local, and private-sector clients through the state and federal regulations such as the Clean Water Act. Mr. Beck, a Professional Wetland Scientist, has conducted hundreds of jurisdictional delineations from coastal areas to the mountains and in the deserts. Overall, Mr. Beck’s years of successful negotiations has led to trusted relationships with regulatory staff and local stakeholders at all levels.

As Past-President of the Society of Wetland Scientists -Western Chapter (CA, NV, AZ, HI), Mr. Beck actively educates members on wetland science and trends. Mr. Beck has served on the Chapter’s Executive/Special Topics Committee Member as well as the Editorial Board for the Society’s International Wetland Practice Magazine.

Sharing stories, giving back and helping mentor students is a passion. Mr. Beck serves as an advisor and guest presenter at various southern California colleges. Topics presented range from the importance of building stakeholder consensus to proactive adaptive maintenance and management to shoreline protection. In 2008, Mr. Beck co-authored Watershed Management: Integrating People, Land and Water, a resource manual to the watershed approach for various projects. Additional publications in Stormwater Solutions Magazine and restoration newsletters have focused on creative solutions to everyday challenges.

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Anisha A. Malik

Restoration Ecologist
Michael Baker International

Anisha Malik, SITES AP, is a restoration ecologist at Michael Baker International. With a background in chemistry, Ms. Malik brings a unique analytical skill set to her projects. Her experience includes restoration projects for wetlands, riparian systems, and coastal sage scrub habitats, as well as a wide variety of mitigation projects required for jurisdictional impacts.

Ms. Malik identifies mitigation site opportunities and designs site plans that will provide beneficial results for stakeholders involved as well as the local watershed. She is responsible for baseline studies, including conducting jurisdictional delineations, vegetation mapping, and California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) analysis at project sites. Ms. Malik conducts qualitative and quantitative monitoring at sites, with some activities involving water and soil sampling, tree height measuring, and invasive species prevention. With the data collected, she provides adaptive management for the projects and prepares annual reports to submit to state and federal regulatory agencies.

Public outreach for the need of ecosystem restoration is a focus for Ms. Malik, who actively works with local organizations to promote science and engineering (STEM) to the next generation of young women. In addition to youth outreach, Ms. Malik recently wrote an article for the California Society of Ecological Restoration to address one of the newer obstacles of restoration, the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB). She is actively involved in multiple professional organizations to create a dialogue between academia and consultants.

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