Aug 14, 2022
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.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Discuss environmental impacts of the built environment on ecosystems.
- Describe sustainable design principles and strategies, and their implementation.
- Discuss the impact and implications of water use in the landscape, including water harvesting.
- Define positive and negative energy inputs and outputs that impact the landscape.
- Demonstrate how to maximize the natural assets of a landscape.
- Discuss new, green technologies in the field of landscape construction.
- Describe cost-effective strategies in the development of sustainable landscapes.
- Sustainability Concepts
- Natural processes and the interconnectedness of natural systems
- Implications for design and management of the evolving landscape
- Issues on the environmental continuum
- Sustainable Design Principles and Strategies
- Regional context
- Minimizing site impacts
- Restoring damaged sites
- Natural cycles
- Reuse and recycling
- Sustaining the functionality of healthy environments
- The character of water
- Water resource management: demand and use
- Water pollution
- Soils, slopes, and earthworks
- Passive water harvesting
- Active water harvesting
- Landscape Development
- Integrated site design
- The manipulation and mitigation of solar influence
- Growing responsibly: native vs. exotic plant species
- Plant selection to reduce water usage
- Plant selection for fire prevention
- Plant selection for food production: energy investment and return
- Cost effectiveness of sustainable landscapes
- Ethics and principles
- Landscape systems and connections to human health and wellbeing
- Green Technology in the Landscape
- Green hardscape materials and strategies
- Plant hybridization for sustainability
- Cost Effectiveness of Sustainable Landscapes
- The life-span of a landscape
- Reduction of chemical usage
- Maintenance requirements and cost
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