Sustainable Site Development:
Trends, Challenges & Innovations
A half-day symposium hosted by Bartlett Tree Experts
Up until recently, much of the focus on sustainability in the built environment centered on buildings. But increasingly, development teams have also recognized that if the site is not taken into account, a project only addresses a piece of the sustainability puzzle. Nationally respected leaders in landscape architecture, city government, business and arboriculture will share their insights, experiences and practical solutions in tackling sustainable site development.
Sustainable Site Development: Trends, Challenges & Innovations offers presentations of real-world projects, as well as opportunities to network and exchange ideas with sustainability-minded architects, planners, landscape architects, contractors, property managers and parks professionals.
Admission is free, but advance registration is required.
Registration deadline: January 21.
8:00 am – 8:25 am
8:25 am – 8:30 am
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Where Urbs in Horto Meets Sustainable Development
Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner
Chicago Department of Environment
The City of Chicago's motto is only a hint of the deep sustainability thinking, action and innovation of Mayor Daley and his leadership team. From developing a performance-based landscape ordinance, to assessing and planning for tree cover, how the site is treated is a critical piece of the city's sustainability equation. Get the latest updates and perspectives on advancing sustainable development in Chicago.
9:00 am – 9:45 am
The Promise, Progress & Pitfalls of the SITES™ Initiative
Brian Ott, ASLA, LEED AP, Managing Principal
TBG Partners, Austin, TX
What are the lessons learned to date from the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™)? Established in 2005, the initiative seeks to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Children's Garden is a pilot project for developing and testing the SITES™ guidelines. Hear from a LEED AP landscape architect involved with that and other sustainable landscape developments on what's working and the challenges ahead.
9:45 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Getting to the Root of Site Sustainability
Bryant Scharenbroch, Ph.D., Urban Soil Scientist
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
Kelby Fite, Ph.D., Arboricultural Researcher
Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, Charlotte, NC
The quality of a landscape depends largely on the quality of its soils. But in the Chicago region, heavy clay and compacted soils tend to be the norm. Soil amendments can help improve soil structure and biology for landscape plants.
What's the latest research on environmentally friendly soil amendments for urban trees and shrubs? This session will cover cutting edge research using air spade technology to invigorate mature shade trees, and the effects of compost teas and other amendments including biochar, a carbon-rich product similar to charcoal, in tough urban settings.
11:15 am – Noon
The Power of the Inventory:
Developing a Management Plan for Sustainability
Jennifer Davit, Director and Head Horticulturist
The Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago
John Chikow, President & CEO
Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, Chicago
Scott Jamieson, Vice President, Bartlett Inventory Solutions
Bartlett Tree Experts, Northbrook, IL
Assessing site conditions is such a critical piece of sustainable management that it’s a key criterion in the national SITES™ initiative. From college campuses, to Millennium Park and even the Magnificent Mile, strategic, high-tech inventories are helping with sustainable resource management. Learn how two high-profile Chicago destinations are using sustainable management to make the urban environment more livable, the role inventories play in resource management planning, and how they help educate and market to key audiences.
Noon – 1:00 pm
Lunch & Networking
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Site Sustainability Forum
Join the morning’s speakers in an interactive Q&A forum on the morning’s topics – and beyond. Bring your questions and observations from your own practice, too.
All of the presenters have been invited to stay for this lively session.