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Landscape Webinars: Fighting Climate Change Using Nature-based Solutions (1 CEU)
Thursday, June 13, 2024, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Category: E-Learning

The green building community’s reliance on Net Zero Carbon building solutions alone will not be enough for the world to meet its climate change goals. We must also sequester carbon. Barring a breakthrough technology, nature and Nature-based Design and Solutions are the only ways to sequester atmospheric carbon. This means that we will not only need more open space in our urban environments but open spaces that will actively fight climate change, promote human health and counteract centuries of inequity and systemic racism. Nature-Based Solutions are actually not new at all. Previously called green infrastructure, regenerative design, or site sustainability, site professionals have been using nature to solve problems which have previously only been solved using strictly hard-edged engineering solutions for decades. However, as the timetable to mitigate climate change shortens, landscape professionals, through our designs, will need to embrace and integrate natural solutions for issues like water management, ecosystem restoration, air pollution, excessive heat, sea level rise, equity and environmental inequity. Using the LA River and South LA as examples, this presentation will emphasize how open spaces provide ecosystem services that cannot be replicated any other way and how these services are key to the mitigation of Climate Change and maintaining human health.