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LTP 140 - Landscape Sustainability and Water Harvesting

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Principles and strategies for sustainability in landscapes. Includes environmental impacts, techniques in water harvesting, environmental pollution, and the protection and maintenance of natural systems.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss environmental impacts of the built environment on ecosystems.
  2. Describe sustainable design principles and strategies, and their implementation.
  3. Discuss the impact and implications of water use in the landscape, including water harvesting.
  4. Define positive and negative energy inputs and outputs that impact the landscape.
  5. Demonstrate how to maximize the natural assets of a landscape.
  6. Discuss new, green technologies in the field of landscape construction.
  7. Describe cost-effective strategies in the development of sustainable landscapes.

  1. Sustainability Concepts
    1. Natural processes and the interconnectedness of natural systems
    2. Implications for design and management of the evolving landscape
    3. Issues on the environmental continuum
  2. Sustainable Design Principles and Strategies
    1. Regional context
    2. Minimizing site impacts
    3. Restoring damaged sites
    4. Natural cycles
    5. Reuse and recycling
    6. Sustaining the functionality of healthy environments
  3. Water
    1. The character of water
    2. Water resource management: demand and use
    3. Water pollution
    4. Soils, slopes, and earthworks
    5. Passive water harvesting
    6. Active water harvesting
  4. Landscape Development
    1. Integrated site design
    2. The manipulation and mitigation of solar influence
    3. Growing responsibly: native vs. exotic plant species
    4. Plant selection to reduce water usage
    5. Plant selection for fire prevention
    6. Plant selection for food production:  energy investment and return
    7. Cost effectiveness of sustainable landscapes
  5. Permaculture
    1. Ethics and principles
    2. Landscape systems and connections to human health and wellbeing
  6. Green Technology in the Landscape
    1. Green hardscape materials and strategies
    2. Plant hybridization for sustainability
  7. Cost Effectiveness of Sustainable Landscapes
    1. The life-span of a landscape
    2. Reduction of chemical usage
    3. Maintenance requirements and cost

Effective Term:
Spring 2011