Ecological Landscape Symposium/ Evolving Strategies for Evolving Landscapes: Beyond the Garden Bed

Date Thursday, Jan. 15 and Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Location Connecticut College, New London, CT

Cost $320 if received online or postmarked by Dec. 18, 2014; $345 if received online or postmarked after Dec. 18, 2014.

Description To work with the land today means dealing with dramatic change. Factors from landscape fragmentation to accidental species introductions have made it difficult to establish resilient plant communities. Yet increased interested in ecology, landscape performance and natural aesthetics has created significant need to establish these landscapes successfully and consistently. This two-day conference will explore how to interact with the complex, evolving realities of today’s landscapes and those of the future.

Featured speakers include: Warren Byrd Jr., Robert Poore, Bernd Blossey and Larry Weaner. For full speaker roster, view the complete Ecological Landscape Symposium Brochure.

“Staying Afloat” Adapting Waterfront Business to Rising Seas & Extreme Storms

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center
Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I.
Experts are predicting rising sea levels in Rhode Island and the rest of New England. This free public event will feature John Englander, author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Levels and the Coming Coastal Crisis, offering an informed perspective on the challenges that waterfront communities and businesses are likely to face in coming years.

In addition, Lisa Koniki of the Westerly Chamber of Commerce will discuss how businesses in Westerly responded to the Sandy storm and URI Emeritus Professor Malcolm Spaulding will familiarize us with STORMTOOLS, a suite of coastal planning tools that allow Rhode Island to select particular coastal locations and view high-resolution images related to projected storm surges, sea-level rise, and coastal changes.

All are welcome to this public forum, part of the Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium and the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP).
To register for this event, please visit:

BSLA Emerging Professionals Meeting | November 11th | 6:30 PM | BSA Space

The next BSLA Emerging Professionals meeting is next Tuesday, November 11th, with Charles Tracy of NPS and fellow EP Jason Miller as our guest speakers. Find out more here: Both emerging and established professionals welcome! Refreshments provided by Landscape Forms. Tuesday, November 11th (Veterans Day) at 6:30PM at the BSA Space (Harbor Room) 290 Congress Street, Suite 200 Boston, MA 02210-1024

URI Landscape Lectures November 13 Steve Benz, ASLA, Partner, The OLIN Studio

Title: “Achieving the Triple Bottom Line: Design for Resiliency”

As part of the landscape architecture lecture series Steve Benz, PE will speak on “Achieving the Triple Bottom Line: Design for Resiliency” This lecture will explore OLIN’s work in the realm of environmental, social and economic performance in a changing world. Resilient design will allow for adaptation of people and ecologies to an ever-changing and uncertain future. OLIN’s award-winning work will be highlighted on several fronts, showcasing how brilliant design can respond to today’s challenges as well as adapt to tomorrow’s conditions.
Lectures begin at 7:00 P.M. and are held in the Weaver Auditorium on the Kingston Campus of URI. This series is co-sponsored by the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, The Graduate School of Oceanography, The College of Arts and Sciences, the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Landscape Forms. The Kate Orff visit is being co-sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and Anne Spirn by the URI Art Department. All lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture halls are handicapped accessible. General questions about the series may be directed to 874-2983 or to

BIO – Steve Benz, PE, LEED Fellow, Hon. ASLA, OLIN
A licensed civil engineer, Steve Benz has contributed to several of OLIN’s award winning green infrastructure design commissions including the LEED® Platinum-certified Kroon Hall at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More recently, Steve drove many of the environmental strategies for Washington Canal Park, a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™). In his pursuit of continually evolving research, practice and policy, Steve co-led two competitions with OLIN exploring ways to approach implementing scalable green infrastructure strategies within urban environments. OLIN’s winning entries in both the Infill Soak it Up! Design Competition and the Living City Design Competition demonstrated targeted, achievable solutions that show how various stakeholders can come together to realize change–developers, city governments utility companies, designers and residents alike.
Steve was recently named an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of his contribution of performative landscapes. He is a past Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (TAG) where he led the development of sustainability criteria for site development within the LEED 2009 and v4 programs. He was also two-term and founding Chair of the Massachusetts Chapter of the USGBC, and serves on the Sustainable Sites Initiative’s Technical Core Committee.