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Continuing Education

North Carolina

The North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects has consolidated all sessions of the conference, with a maximum of ten earnable hours. Following the conference, a certificate will be issued showing how many hours each registrant received. Educational sessions will earn 1.5 hours/each (or actual time, if less). Tours and Exposition time will earn 0.33 hours for each hour attended.

Georgia & South Carolina

Registrants should be able to receive 1 hour credit per 1 hour attended for educational sessions and tours. Following the conference, a certificate will be issued showing how many hours each registrant received.

Revised: 27 April 2011

Transboundary Water Planning

Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas


Educational Session 1-A
Friday, 29 April 2011
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

With all the focus on the water disputes between Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, many do not realize that water resource issues are also prevalent between Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. This panel will address the water resource issues facing the region, recent trends, and potential resolutions. The Carolinas' water issue is close to being finished, which will reveal a contrast and possible way forward to the well known and ongoing negotiotiations between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

Moderator: Todd Hill, VP/Principal, AECOM Design+Planning
Panelist: David Montgomery Moore, Attorney, Balch & Bingham LLP
Panelist: Jeff Larson, Assistant Branch Chief - Savannah & Ogeechee Basins, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Panelist: Edward D. Bruce, Senior Engineer, Duke Energy
Download: Slides (2.7 MB, 13 pages)

Redfields to Greenfields

Transforming America's Urban Landscape


Educational Session 1-B
Friday, 29 April 2011
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Redfields to Greenfields blends charitable donations, governmental funding, and private investment to: (a) Acquire distressed parcels, (b) Physically transform them, (c) Create public parks and permanent greenspace, (d) Fund endowments for the ongoing operation, maintenance, and security of the new spaces, and (e) Repurpose and land bank remaining land for future resale and development.

Moderator: Kerry Blind, FASLA, Vice President/Principal, Pond & Company

Changes and Challenges in the New Normal

Academics and Practitioners Find Common Ground


Educational Session 1-C
Friday, 29 April 2011
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Preparing landscape architects for future practice has always been the shared responsibility of both academia and the profession. We live in a rapidly changing world. Our responses to these changes and challenges will affect both the future of LA education and practice and may inspire new models for collaboration among these two institutions. This educational session will highlight the changing trends in the profession and demonstrate how academia and practice are individually and collectively responding to those trends including the use of applied research, collaborative partnerships and other strategies.

Moderator: Brian J. LaHaie, ASLA, Associate Professor, University of Georgia College of Environment and Design
Panelist: Dan Nadenicek, Dean, University of Georgia College of Environment and Design
Panelist: Keyes Williamson, ASLA, Project Manager, The Jaeger Company
Download: Slides (19.2 MB, 37 pages)

Process, Possibilities, Product

Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center


Educational Session 2-A
Friday, 29 April 2011
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Orange, Texas is the first LEED Platinum-NC project in the state and, in 2008, one of only fifty Platinum projects in the world. The 252-acre project is a hub of environmental awareness and teaching.

Presenter: Jeffrey Carbo, FASLA, Principal, Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects
Download: Slides (305.0 MB, 235 pages)
Download: Handout (1.8 MB, 4 pages)

Sustainability in Design, Development, and Community Retrofit


Educational Session 2-B
Friday, 29 April 2011
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

This educational session addresses environmental concerns in connection to new and/or existing development and natural resource management. It provides a legal overview of recent environmental regulations impacting the Southeast. Particular focus will be given to innovative bio-technologies that support low impact design/development (LID) practices which conserve and protect water resources within urban, suburban, and rural environments.

Moderator: G. Brian Wheeler, RLA, CNU, Vice President, Genesis Group
Panelist: Louise B. Ambrose, Esq., Project Manager and Land Use & Environmental Attorney, Genesis Group
Download: Slides (24.0 MB, 37 pages)

Water Exploration for the Urban Landscape


Educational Session 2-C
Friday, 29 April 2011
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

This is an introductory course that describes water types and sources and how to utilize these in your urban landscape. The course describes technologies, policy, and terminology for processing, conserving, applying, and recapturing water. Topics include: water harvesting techniques, water well development procedures, reclaimed water alternatives, water pumping system configuration, water filtration, and pond water quality.

Presenter: Bob Scott, President, Irrigation Consultant Services, Inc.
Download: Slides (16.5 MB, 47 pages)

Finding Water Through Rain


Educational Session 3-A
Friday, 29 April 2011
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

This presentation introduces several alternative concepts in rainwater and stormwater management. These concepts include greenway acquisition, wetlands, cisterns, pervious concrete, earthworks, native plants, and green roofs. By implementing these concepts, Atlanta should be able to use the water that passes through its geography and geology more efficiently.

Presenter: Steve Williams, LEED AP, ARCSA AP, President, Building Greener LLC
Download: Slides (19.8 MB, 68 pages)

Urban Park Design for the Coming Decades

The Historic 4th Ward Park and Sustainable Sites Initiative


Educational Session 3-B
Friday, 29 April 2011
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The Historic 4th Ward Park is a seventeen acre park in the heart of Atlanta that is currently being constructed by the Atlanta Beltline. The Sustainable Sites Initiative is the design community's attempt to create a system comparable to LEED in relation to external development of sites. Attendees will receive a quick overiew of the standards, a presentation of the design for the Historic 4th Ward Park, and a discussion where these leading-edge designs fit into the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

Presenter: Kevin W. Burke, Sr., Landscape Architect and Project Manager, Atlanta Beltline Inc.
Presenter: Kimberly Parmer, Project Manager, COA Department of Watershed Management
Presenter: Robbie Bryant, Lead Landscape Architect and Co-Project Manager, HDR Inc.
Presenter: J. David Malcolm, ASLA, Principal-in-Charge, Wood + Partners
Download: Slides (33.1 MB, 59 pages)

Problem-Solving Plants

Superior Plants Selected for Southern Gardens


Educational Session 3-C
Friday, 29 April 2011
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

This presentation will describe the newest, improved releases of plants and highlight the improvements of each variety including: heat and drought tolerance, pest and disease resistance, and longer blooming seasons. Learn how these plants can allow the natural conservation of water, reduce the labor required for maintenance, reduce the dependence on polluting chemicals and pesticides, and expand the enjoyment of our landscapes.

Presenter: Robert (Buddy) E. Lee, Director of Plant Improvements, Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI)
Download: Slides (56.6 MB, 34 pages)

Risk Drivers and Landscape Design

Understanding and Managing Key Exposures


Educational Session 4-A
Saturday, 30 April 2011
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

This session will introduce and dive deeply into the four primary risk drivers that result in claims against landscape architects and other allied professionals in the landscape construction business. The foundation for this information is an ongoing closed claim file research study conducted by XL Insurance over more than a decade to pinpoint primary causes of claims against our design professional clients.

Presenter: Guy LeVan, Vice President, XL Group plc
Download: Slides (4.5 MB, 64 pages)

Business Basics for New Business Owners

Choosing a Business Entity, Selecting Insurance, Setting up your Books


Educational Session 4-B
Saturday, 30 April 2011
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

This panel will discuss topics related to starting a new landscape architecture practice. Topics covered will include: professional liability insurance (errors & omissions, E&O), choosing a business entity (sole proprietorship, LLC, partnership, S Corps, C Corps), and setting up your books (financial statements, cash vs. accrual, W-9s and 1099 Misc).

Moderator: Scott Jones, ASLA, Principal, Site Solutions LLC
Panelist: Paul J. Halloran, CIC, AAI, Owner, Halloran Risk Advisors
Panelist: Carol Dubberly, CPA, Certified Public Accountant, Dubberly CPA, LLC
Download: Slides (1 of 2) (10.4 MB, 22 pages)
Download: Slides (2 of 2) (5.4 MB, 14 pages)