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UWBG Co-Hosts Symposium on Sustainable Sites

A dry stream bed in the Soest Garden at the CUH. The design feature removes excess water from the garden in an environmentally sensitive way.

On Wednesday, May 18, the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens will present “Science, Services, and Performance of Sustainable Sites” at the Center for Urban Horticulture.  The daylong symposium will examine the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), an interdisciplinary effort to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction, and maintenance practices. Speakers such as biologist David McDonald and landscape architect Brice Maryman (a Foundation Board member) will delve into the whats and whys of SITES, while focused group discussions will help build cross-disciplinary relationships between attendees. Horticultural specialists, landscape architects, nursery professionals, arborists, planners, scientists, landscape maintenance contractors, and city staff are welcome. Fee: $75. For more information or to register, visit the UWBG website.