Biodiversity plays an important role in the Los Angeles urban landscape and in the health of all its inhabitants. UCLA Extension’s Landscape Architecture program is hosting three seminars dedicated to this very important topic. All events are free and part of UCLA xOpen, a series of online offerings designed to provide timely and relevant learning opportunities.
All events are virtual
Urban Biodiversity: Policy to Action
This one hour presentation and discussion is an overview of the 2020 LA Biodiversity Index, Ecotopes stewardship framework, and implementation Case Studies in Los Angeles and Singapore. How the concept of urban biodiversity is causing us to rethink relationships between cities and nature, and the potential for stewardship and sustainability. Speakers include Isaac Brown, D. Env., Senior Scientist at Stillwater Sciences, Michelle Barton LASAN and Stephanie Landregan, FASLA, UCLA Extension
Urban Biodiversity: Leading Edge Sustainable Land Development and Landscape Design Projects
Use of biodiversity and ecosystem services metrics and data in design projects, model assisted design, case studies (Singapore, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, and San Francisco). Biodiversity considerations in design has broadened beyond traditional regulatory compliance for threatened and endangered species or water quality. Leveraging the broader opportunities of site biodiversity and ecosystems in a scientific and quantitative way is redefining sustainability for some of the highest profile urban design and land planning projects worldwide including urban cores such as Marina Bay in Singapore and the expansion of cities at the urban fringe such as Phoenix.Speakers include Steve Kellenberg, Kellenberg Studio/Urban Land Institute, Isaac Brown, D. Env., Senior Scientist at Stillwater Sciences and Stephanie Landregan, FASLA, UCLA Extension
Urban Biodiversity: Resilience & Enrichment through Connections with Nature
Why care about biodiversity in sustainable urban and landscape design? Biodiversity cultural dimensions – the importance of the ecology of “home place”, case studies.” How the concept of urban biodiversity is central to emerging models of climate resilience for people and nature in people’s backyards and parks. Speakers include David Newsom, Wild Yards Project, Isaac Brown D. Env., Senior Scientist, Stillwater Sciences and Stephanie Landregan, FASLA, UCLA Extension
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