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Supplementing Your Parks Department: How About Friends of Parks?
Presented by Terry Eastin
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
3:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
$40 for ASLA members, $165 for nonmember

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This presentation provides tips and techniques on guiding the creation of a “Friends” Group. Developing “people resources” outside your parks department is a way to foster collaboration and focus community support for parks in ways that bring added value to your city and your programs. Maintaining a ready pool of volunteers requires a healthy program of activities that suits the needs and interests of both the department and the support base. Recognizing the strengths and assets of your volunteers can make all the difference between success and failure.

Learning Objectives:
• Identify the key players needed for a Friends of Parks group.
• Understand the pitfalls and benefits of forming a Friends of Parks group.
• Understand the best practices of creating a Friends of Parks group.
• Become familiar with making a Friends of Parks group sustainable.

Community Health Needs for Planning and Design
Presented by Matthew Schoell-Schafer, ASLA
Thursday, July 31, 2014
1:00–2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
$40 for ASLA members, $165 for nonmembers

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How can landscape architects make real impacts on the health of a community? This session is meant to be a primer for the various tools and information available to help you do just that, including health impact assessments, health improvement plans, and health needs assessments. These tools are invaluable for giving planners the actionable data to start addressing specific health needs of a community. In addition, this session will begin to help elevate our profession through case studies that will show how to integrate the analysis of community health, weigh the health impacts of the built environment, and use best practices for planning and design for human health.

Learning Objectives:
• Become familiar with tools such as health impact assessments, health needs assessments, and community health improvement plans to explore the health effects of the built environment to make better-informed design decisions.
• Gain insight into where and how to find relevant health data, which can then be used to identify potential health concerns within a community.
• Distinguish between health determinants and health outcomes to formulate design and planning strategies that help address potential health concerns within a community.

1315 Peachtree: Creative Stormwater Solutions in a Dense Urban Context
Presented by Leo Alvarez, FASLA; Zan Stewart, ASLA; John Threadgill, ASLA; and Micah Lipscomb, ASLA
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
2:00–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
$40 for ASLA members, $165 for nonmembers

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Essentially “upcycling” an outdated office building, Perkins+Will’s transformation of 1315 Peachtree Street stands as a new civic model on Atlanta’s signature street. Where there once stood a prominent driveway and parking deck, now a pedestrian-oriented plaza creates an open-air living room and reconnects the building to the street. The site design showcases innovative use of materials and commitment to sustainable practices in the landscape, including creative stormwater management solutions throughout the site, such as cisterns, rain gardens, and porous paving surfaces. Certified LEED® Platinum, the project is a living model for small urban sites with big goals for sustainability.

Learning Objectives:
• Explore strategies for creative stormwater management in a dense urban area.
• Understand benefits of an interdisciplinary design approach.
• Become familiar with best practices for use of innovative materials, in a collaborative design and permitting process.

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