Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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SERC 2019 Session Proposals Welcome Members of the South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia Chapters of the ASLA are invited to attend the ASLA Southeast Regional Conference (SERC). The South Carolina Chapter will be hosting the event, which will begin on Sunday, June 2, 2019 and run through Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Hyatt located in Greenville, S.C. The theme of the conference will be "Leading Transformations." If you would like to submit an education session proposal for the conference, all proposals are due by January 31. The SERC organizational committee will review and select proposals based on the continuing education approval criteria outlined by the Boards of Landscape Architectural Examiners. All sessions must be regionally based to be considered. Panel discussions, case studies, lectures, tours and other alternative presentation formats are encouraged. Once the sessions are reviewed, finalists will be required to submit their final presentations by March 1. To learn more about the SERC submission process and to submit a proposal, visit https://tinyurl.com/yctutuvq . Study on How Green Roofs Can Reduce Heat Effects The city of Chicago's website shows the location of 509 vegetated roofs within city limits. Pictured is the Chicago City Hall building which includes 20,300 square feet of green rooftop, with more than 150 varieties of plants. A study led by the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with researchers from Texas A&M University, examined Chicago's census tracts, climate models and electricity consumption maps, and determined which areas held the largest amount of residents most vulnerable to heat wave effects. From this information, the team was able to decipher where the best places to install future green roofs would have the biggest reduction of: temperatures, electricity consumption and injuries/fatalities. The reason that this study was important is because the city of Chicago already has 5.5 million square feet of green roof coverage and has set the goal of 6,000 green roofs by 2020. They currently have 70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 71 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 1 6

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