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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Cornell's New Sustainable Landscapes Trail In October 2018, Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, completed work on a new walking trail that features various sustainable landscape projects located around the campus. The "Sustainable Landscapes Trail" is part of the university's goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2035, and does so by promoting awareness of ecological works on the campus. Reportedly, the trail was a three-year project that was first proposed by professor Nina Bassuk from the School of Integrative Plant Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The "Land Focus Team" is a group of about 10 graduate students and faculty within the President's Sustainable Campus Committee. "We decided to develop the trail to visualize the environmental benefits that are inherent in some of the landscape practices we use," Bassuk said in an interview with The Sun, the news agency at Cornell. A map of the trail that highlights all 19 environmental stops and provides in-depth information on each is available on the sustainable campus's website ( https:// initiatives/sustainable-landscapes-trail ). Each of the stops also has a QR code that, when scanned with a QR reader, will pull up a "descriptive webpage about the individual project and how it contributes to Cornell's sustainability goals," stated Bassuk. January 2019 71 509 green roofs in the city, so planning for an additional 5,491 is advantageous. The next step for the researchers is to account for multiple variations, like changing weather conditions throughout the year or day, as well as looking into the creation of a technique for implementing their method in other cities around the country. Ashish Sharma, research assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences at the University of Notre Dame, who led the study, was quoted in a Texas A&M news article as having said, "What we've seen when it comes to urban planning is decisions are made without interdisciplinary input. Now, we have a framework for answering the question, how do we improve urban resilience to extreme heat?" One of the stops on the "Sustainable Campus Trail" in Ithaca, New York, is the Botanic Gardens Native Lawn located outside of the Botanic Gardens. The gardens include 40 different nature areas and span 4,300 acres. Pictured is Beebe Lake, found within the gardens. Green Roofs continued from page 70 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 5 7

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