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Climate Positive Design

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Recording from live webinar on 12/12/19
This webinar was presented by LAF with promotion partner the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).


Climate Positive Design with Pamela Conrad

In this webinar, Pamela presented on Climate Positive Design, an independent initiative she further developed during her time in the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. Climate Positive Design includes both a challenge for landscape architects to design projects that generate less carbon and store more of it as well as the Pathfinder tool for measuring progress toward that goal. With the calculator, landscape architects can see and test the impact of design choices, material selection, and maintenance practices. Designers can also use this information to advocate for the importance of their work with clients, project stakeholders, developers, and policymakers.


Learning Objectives

  1. Understand what Climate Positive Design is and why it is important to integrate into your work
  2. Learn how to estimate the carbon impact of your own projects using the Pathfinder tool
  3. View case studies of built projects that have been evaluated through the lens of Climate Positive Design



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Pamela Conrad, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Climate Positive Design Founder
Principal, CMG Landscape Architecture
2018-2019 LAF Fellow

Pamela participated in the second cohort of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership from May 2018 to June 2019. As an LAF Fellow, Pamela focused her work and research on the development of a landscape carbon calculator, recently launched as the Pathfinder tool, and on the creation of a coalition of organizations and individuals in landscape architecture to advocate for climate positive design.

Since completing the fellowship, Pamela has been a strong advocate for landscape architecture's role in addressing the climate crisis. She has been active at seeking out opportunities to share her message at conferences, workshops, and other speaking engagements. As a principal at CMG Landscape Architecture, she also works to ensure each of her projects achieves a climate positive outcome as early in its lifespan as possible.



Audience Q&A with Pamela's responses (PDF)


Continuing Education Credits

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This course is approved for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and meets the health, safety and welfare requirements (HSW). To earn 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW):

  1. View the full webinar above. 
  2. Complete the short quiz by following the link below. (You must score 75% or higher.)
  3. Wait ~2 weeks to receive your confirmation email once the quizzes are graded and results submitted to LA CES.

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