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 wagre@uri.edu.

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.