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High Performance Urban Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @ 8:00 AM-10:00 AM


Location: Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd. 63110 (Park and enter on the WEST side of the building)

FEE: $30/Academy of Science – St. Louis members, USGBC-MGC Members, ASLA, Missouri Botanical Garden Members & $45/Non-members

Space is limited. Seminar open to high school students and adults. Registration is required. Click here to register online.

Photo Credit: From the cover of, Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes, by Heather L. Venhaus

Featured Speaker: Heather L. Venhaus, Regenerative Environmental Design

Heather Venhaus is the principal of Regenerative Environmental Design, a sustainable design-consulting firm in Austin, Texas that strives to connect natural and built systems in mutually beneficial ways. Previously, Ms. Venhaus facilitated and led the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks and worked with the U.S. Botanic Garden to developed the educational content and teaching materials for Landscape for Life. Heather is a contributing author to the Sustainable Sites Handbook and author of Sustainable Site Design: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes.

More than half of our planet’s 7 billion people now live in cities. As our urban areas expand, so does the need for high performance landscapes and regenerative design.

This 2-hour seminar explores the interrelated nature between soils, plants, humans and ecosystem function. Site design and maintenance strategies that provide multiple ecosystem services and improve human health and well-being are discussed, along with case studies illustrating project success and failures.


  • Discuss future population projections and the need for high performance landscapes.
  • Explain the value of high performance urban ecosystems.
  • Generate examples of plant and soil restoration and maintenance practices that improve ecosystem function and human health.
  • Determine the most relevant performance metrics for their projects.

2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU HSW

Presented in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects-St. Louis Chapter, Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and the Academy of Science of St. Louis. 





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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
8:00 AM-10:00 AM
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Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63110
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