Biophilic Design: Designing for Health and Increased Performance

Alberici 8800 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults ONLY. Registration required. CLICK Find Out More to register.

Featured Speaker: Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion

In the built environment, we can use the emerging field of Biophilic Design to create building interiors that connect people to nature; that are connected to their place and mimic the sensory delights of a hike through the woods; that evoke the emotions we feel when immersed in water, that bring nature’s smells, sounds, colors and textures indoors.

Teknion Director of Sustainable Programs, Tracy Backus, explores clear and compelling case studies of built projects that illustrate Biophilic Design strategies have a significant ROI (return on investment) in interior spaces.


Prairie Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

Alberici 8800 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO

— a Wild Ideas Worth Sharing special partnership event

The Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region. Local and regional practitioners share stories and insights from real-world projects happening in the region, and challenge us all to wildly rethink where we live, work, play, and prosper.

Free and Open to all. Registration Required. Click "Find Out More" to register by Monday, October 17.

5:30 p.m.
6:15 p.m.
Formal presentation

Free wine and light appetizers

Join us for a discussion on efforts underway to increase biodiversity and stewardship of natural resources within Midwestern building, agricultural, and native landscapes!

From the irreplaceable complexities of native prairie ecosystems, to benefits offered by prairie plantings in designed landscapes, to new innovations aimed at creating ecologically sound and resilient agricultural practices, our speakers share their wealth of knowledge.


Upcycling Our Urban Ecosystems: Building Landscapes for Biodiversity

Alberici 8800 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO

Space is limited. Open to college-age students and older only. Registration required.

5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

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.

Urban areas are increasingly where we come into contact with the natural world – not just in parks and nature preserves, but in more familiar places like residential landscapes, restaurants, campuses, and even parking lots. Too often, these spaces are designed to serve a particular, and often limited, purpose.

This presentation will challenge attendees to think broadly about all outdoor spaces and recognize their untapped potential.