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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

10 Parks That Changed America – A Screening and Panel Discussion

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA
VA ASLA Member $7

approved for 1 hour of LA CES credit

Summary of Event:
To highlight the importance of parks and provide additional information about the sites and designers of the documentary “10 Parks that Changed America”.
“10 Parks that Changed America” tells the story of 10 visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the heroes who brought these parks to life, and the villains who preferred to exploit the land for private enterprise. Discover the evolution of our nation’s city parks, and learn the history of landscape architecture – an American-born art in which human beings try their best to mimic nature.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
2016 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference
9am-7pm EST, 9am-7pm CST, 9am-5pm PST

Join us April 12 for a unique conference uniting in-person discussion with online participation that concurrently addresses local and national watershed issues and tools.

The Center for Watershed Protection’s 2016 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference will take place in multiple locations across the US as well as online as live webcast, so no matter where you are, you can attend!

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Learn more about the live hubs:

East Hartford, CT                                     Coeur D’Alene, ID
Goodwin College                                           University of Idaho Research Park
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Baltimore/Washington Area                   Omaha, NE
Loyola University Graduate Center                 Metropolitan Community College,
Timonium Campus                                        Fort Omaha Campus
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Sacramento, CA                                       Atlanta, Georgia Area
Coastal Hearing Room                                  Georgia Tech Research Institute
California EPA building                                  Learn more and view agenda…
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Discussion about the Master Plan for Stone Brewing and Community Involvement

3:00-4:00pm  Presentation
4:00-5:30pm  Networking Social Hour
Stone Brewing
4300 Williamsburg Avenue
Richmond, VA
approved for 1 hour of LA CES credit
Summary of Event:
Learn about the planning process for the Stone Brewing facility, a 200,000 square-foot production brewery and distribution facility under construction on 14 acres of land in the Greater Fulton Community, east of downtown Richmond.   Discussions to include the design of the site for the entire brewing process, from bulk grain delivery to finished-product shipment, incorporation of found and re-claimed materials to honor the site’s history and industrial character such as concrete and granite as seat walls, retaining walls, and steps, a repurposed pedestrian bridge, native landscaping and reforestation plantings to increase the bio-diversity on-site and improve the Gillies Creek and James River watershed habitat.

Wednesday, April 26, 2016
GVGBC Educational Series Luncheon
Sustainable Sites:  Tools to Protect and Restore the Environment
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Interstate Center Conference Room
2104 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA
approved for 1 hour of LA CES credit
Member/student – $10
Non-Member – $25
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Learning Objectives 

  • The participant will understand the differences and similarities between LEED and SITES, the Sustainable Sites Initiative
  • The participant will learn at least three applicable site design concepts that both reduce environmental footprint and help meet regulatory requirements
  • The participant will understand the regulatory drivers that support and incentivize LID
  • The participant will learn to identify and rank opportunities for environmental protection and restoration


Charlene Harper, PE, LEED AP
Robbie Roach, PLA, LEED BD+C

Brief Description

There is a great need for resiliency in the built environment, and each new project is an opportunity to re-think traditional development paradigms.  Rating systems such as LEED and The Sustainable Sites Initiative provide a framework to help design professionals focus on improving the ecosystem services provided by their projects; thereby decreasing the impacts of the built environment and improving resiliency.

Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Landscape Structure, Inc. and Sparks@Play, LLC in collaboration with the Virginia Chapter of ASLA are pleased to offer Landscape Architect CEU sessions on:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  at

4525 Main Street Suite 1400
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Wednesday, May 11, 2016  at

Timmons Group
1001 Boulder Pkwy, Suite 300
North Chesterfield, VA 23225

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Arrival and registration 8:00 am
Morning Sessions
8:30 am                                Designing Fitness-Focused Playgrounds
10:15 am                              Designing Natural Play Environments
12:00 – 12:45 pm              Lunch and afternoon registration

Afternoon Sessions
12:45 pm                              *All Ages, All Abilities, All the Time
(*This session is a prerequisite for Beyond Accessibility)
2:30 pm                                Beyond Accessibility: A Higher Level of Inclusive Play™

Landscape Structures has been approved as an Authorized Provider by both IACET and LA CES™.

Designing Fitness-Focused Playgrounds

Statistics on obesity rates and negative lifestyle changes over generations illustrate the need for community changes and the importance of motivating kids to be active. This continuing education session will provide tips for creating playground designs to get and keep kids active, and help you make a positive and healthy impact on your community.

We are authorized by IACET to offer .20 CEUs for this session and 1.5 CEUs/Professional Development Units by LA CES.

Once complete, you will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of several fitness benefits gained on the playground.
  • Identify why each fitness benefit is crucial to successful child development.
  • Identify which playground components provide specific fitness benefits and why.
  • Plan a playground designed for maximum physical fitness benefits.

Designing Natural Play Environments

The benefits of free play and daily exposure to nature have been researched and reported in nearly every media outlet in recent years. Playground planners have an opportunity to create playground spaces that encourage children and families to get outdoors, interact with their environment, learn about their natural surroundings, and encourage the reconnection with nature. The Designing Natural Play Environments continuing education session explores the wide range of natural play environments.

We are authorized by IACET to offer .20 CEUs for this session and 1.5 CEUs/Professional Development Units by LA CES.

After completing this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain why play in nature is valuable for healthy child development.
  • Identify the characteristics of natural play environments from wild spaces to school yards and public parks.
  • Identify design considerations and best practice programming to maximize participation and learning.
  • Understand what safety and accessibility standards apply to different natural playground environments.

All Ages, All Abilities, All the Time

Parks today face the challenge of providing environments where all visitors can feel safe, secure and fully engaged.  Universal design increases usability, safety, health and social participation. Discover how applying the principles of universal design can ultimately contribute to social equity and social sustainability. Playground Planners will be provided practical examples of how to create park and recreation spaces that encourage health and wellness for individuals of all ages and abilities.

We are authorized by IACET to offer .10 CEUs for this session and 1.0 CEUs/Professional Development Units by LA CES.

Once you have completed this education session, you’ll have the ability to:

  • Understand the definition of Ability as defined by environmental conditions.
  • Identify the concepts of social equity and social sustainability and how they are supported by Universal Design.
  • Articulate each principle of universal design and how they contribute to a park design that goes beyond accessibility and encourages inclusion.
  • Explain why incorporating the concepts of social equity and social sustainability is important to the long term success of parks.

Beyond Accessibility: A Higher Level of Inclusive Play™

Not All Playgrounds Are Made Equal

Playgrounds are a place for play and learning—where kids develop physical and cognitive skills and build social relationships. However, not all playgrounds are welcoming to people of varying abilities. During this continuing education session, you will learn about the changing population of children on the playground, and how to create playground designs that meet their unique needs.

We are authorized by IACET to offer .20 CEUs for this session and 1.5 CEUs/Professional Development Units by LA CES.

After you’ve completed this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Define the growing demand for inclusive playgrounds that meet the needs of a wide range of abilities.
  • Recognize how to go beyond what’s required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to design an inclusive playground that’s engaging, challenging and therapeutic.
  • Describe why sensory play is beneficial in the development of all children.
  • Define important elements that should be included in inclusive playgrounds.
  • Identify best practices for a successful inclusive playground project that’s embraced by the community.

We hope you will join us for this event. If you would like to register for this event please click on the city where you would like to attend.

Virginia Beach         Tuesday, May 10, 2016               ClarkNexsen

Richmond                 Wednesday, May 11, 2016         Timmons Group

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