An exploration into the fundamentals of landscape design with particular attention to integrating both existing and new buildings sustainably into their landscapes. Students investigate sustainable design strategies that address the ecological, water, energy and food system links between buildings and their supporting sites, as exemplified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.
Topics include geology, hydrology, soils, vegetation, design principles, green roofs, green walls, rainwater collection systems, native planting, edible landscapes, and the human dimension of landscape architecture.
Special Requirement: Field trips required. This class is 73% online and is the non-credit option of REE 125. For more information about blended learning classes go to: www.gcc.mass.edu/blended