Sustainability and Environmental Design - Part 1
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Sustainability and Environmental Design - Part 1

Sustainability; Landscape Architecture; Landscape Design; Ecological Design; Environmental Topics
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Created by Carrie Moore
Last updated 8/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Have an basic knowledge of sustainability principles and how this is integrated in environmental design
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  • You should be able to navigate a computer at a basic level
  • Have an interest in sustainability and environmental design
  • Be ready for some great webinars!

This includes 11 hours of webinars taught by industry experts!  

The topics included include: 

Ecological Design Concepts


Environmental Policy

Coastal Ecology

Avian Migration

Art in the Landscape

Design and Nature 1

Design and Nature 2

Sustainable Building Technologies

Green Roofs and Living Walls

Outdoor Lighting

Sustainable Lighting - Daylighting

Case Study: Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in sustainability, environmental design, landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
14 Lectures 13:46:53

This introductory course discusses how to implement ecological design concepts in various landscapes, especially in our present time when sustainability has become central to community improvements. In this course, we will cover environmental considerations that need to be taken into account with every project -- from ecosystem resilience to carbon sequestration to energy efficient design to waste and water management, achieving a more sustainable environment is at the core of this learning experience.

This course also features a 10-part lecture series that discusses the vital issues and smallest details surrounding ecology and sustainable community, such as:

Introduction to the Course What is Sustainability? Motivations for Considering the Environment Ecosystem Resilience Symbiotic Relationships Energy Efficient Design Rainwater Management Reducing Waste Carbon Sequestration Summary

We will do our best to explain the simplest to the most complex issues about ecological design concepts. If you have feedback, comments, or questions, feel free to send an email. 

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Climate change is a growing problem. How can we address it? One of the many answers lie in biodiversity. The objective of this course is to give an overview of biodiversity in today’s context, highlight its importance and why we need to conserve it. The course will give insight into various definitions of biodiversity, definitions of species, as well as the scaling of definitions from communities to ecosystems. The course will highlight issues that challenge biodiversity as well as the conservation approaches and strategies that are being implemented to reduce biodiversity loss.

Biodiversity and Climate Change

A lot has changed in the past centuries but these changes seemed to have not been for the better. Nature is vulnerable but the changes in climate have made it even more vulnerable. This course will explore how climate change affects biodiversity in general. The good thing is it also presents solutions that can lead to the healing of the terrestrial and aquatic worlds.


This session will provide participants with a brief history of US Environmental policy and regulations, as well as an overview of the changing goals and definitions of "Landscape Sustainability" since 1970.

We will discuss performance-based Environmental Program goals and outcomes, regional and national programs, initiatives and case studies in order to draw some conclusions about environmental policy and regulation in relation to future innovations in the field of design and landscape architecture.

Env Policy

The aim of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of environmental pollution. The course gives insight about the structure of the environment and the different ways in which pollutants can change its composition with regards to how they enter the environment as well as their fate.

Furthermore, several phenomena that result from pollution in the 3 key areas of the environment, air, water and soil are explained in more details. These include the formation of photochemical smog and acid rain, biomagnification of chemical pollutants in the soil and water, as well as how air pollution exacerbates the greenhouse effect.

Env Pollution

Coastal Ecology deals with the diversity of life and the organization of various forms of habitats -- from terrestrial (middle) to aquatic ecosystems. Ecology, which means "study of environment" or "house" in Greek. This is the scientific study and analysis of interactions of organisms with their environment.

In this course, Coastal Ecology, explores the biotic and abiotic factors that affect coastal communities. This course explores the main coastal habitat types in depth with physical factors, tropic levels, and the flora and fauna that inhabit these ecosystems. Human influences and effects are discussed for each habitat type and the overall health of coastal environments, as well as their long term conservation and protection

Coastal Ecology

The course starts off with a brief overview of bird anatomy and physiology, presenting the fantastic engineering of its body and wings. Then, delves into deep detail on bird migration. You will be introduced to the ecology and behavioral forces that drive birds to migrate. The mechanics, physiology and great feats of migration are discussed as well as the navigational methods. And finally, the impacts of humans on migration and conservation issues migrating birds face is discussed as well.

There are many animals including birds that are migratory in nature, which requires knowledge on migratory patterns and avian knowledge to properly design sites that address this migratory aspects. For example, the placement of wind turbines within migratory routes has had a tremendous bird kill of migratory birds. These aspects are discussed in order to provide a greater understanding of avian populations that may be located within a site and those which may migrate to the site on a season basis.

Avian Migration

This session covers the current theories that surround socially and ecologically engaged and remedial art making; meaning art that aims to effect the landscape it is made in relation to, as well as motivations for and assertions about this genre of artistic practice. There is discussion how to address the following questions: How to address aesthetic and ecological concerns simultaneously? How to address environmental and social concerns simultaneously?

In relation to these modernist examples presented, what types of materials to use in art and why an artist chose that/those materials for the piece. For post-modern examples presented, the concepts of environmental statements from artist are discussed. For contemporary art, connective, relational, and reciprocity aesthetics are explored.

Art in the Landscape

This session will introduce participants to the more relevant and yet mysterious elements of architecture and the architecture of life; specifically Sacred Geometry, Biomimicry and Ecomimicry. I will then introduce some lesser known architects, designers, and researchers who use these concepts and structures in their own work in order to make some predictions about the future of design in relation to sustainability.

This course features an 8-part lecture series that discusses the issues surrounding the subjects involved, namely:

  • Introduction
  • Sacred Geometry, Atomic Particles, Vibrations
  • Geometry and Architecture
  • Theoretical Physics, Tensigrity, and Architecture
  • Golden Ratio, Pie, and the Fibonacci Sequence
  • Biomimicry and Sustainability
  • Biomimicry Design Special
  • Nature and Design

Your questions, suggestions, and comments are all welcome. Feel free to send us an email. Happy learning!

Design and Nature 1

This session will introduce participants to several ancient design practices by investigating agriculture specifically the current permaculture movement, and the indigenous practices it draws from. Participants will explore the design principles of permaculture in relation to natural cycles and patterns. 

Participants will reflect on what current technology has to offer us when coupled with an understanding of ancient systems for sustainability. Participants will consider the history of human interaction with natural cycles and patterns, namely permaculture and indigenous agricultural practices.

The course features a 1 hour lecture series on the topics surrounding the subject such as:

Introduction to Design The Collapse Cultural Conditioning and Permaculture The Environmental Movement Twelve Design Principles of Permaculture Relationship to Sacredness Theoretical Ecology

Your questions, suggestions, and comments are all welcome. Feel free to send us an email. Happy learning!

Design and Nature 2

Sustainable buildings have positive effects on the people, community economy, and the world, most especially if buildings of today around the globe employ the same principle, talk about making the world a better place. The key to understanding it concept is to acknowledge the benefits and how sustainable buildings, renewable energy, and sustainable infrastructure work.

This webinar provides an introduction to technologies employed in modern sustainable building projects around the world. Participants will gain an understanding of technology options available to building design and construction practitioners, including technology and design techniques for energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in the built environment.

This course will help students understand the environmental impacts created by the building industry and the benefits of green building, learn the variety of options of solar design, including daylighting, and technology for energy efficiency, and comprehend the advantages and disadvantages to solar and wind renewable energy.

Sustainable Building Technologies

With environmental damage threatening the health, safety, and welfare of the public, as well as the environment, sustainable designs are becoming more popular that designers and planners are working more on green infrastructures especially in urban settings. 

This webinar will provide an introduction to green roof and living wall technologies employed in modern sustainable building projects around the world. Participants will gain an understanding of green roof and wall types, landscape design considerations, architectural design considerations, water management and maintenance considerations.

This course is presented by James McGregor, Electrical Engineer and one of Australia's leading thinkers in Green Building technologies and sustainable development.

Green Roofs and Living Walls

Outdoor lighting provides practical benefits for safety and security but can also be used to create ambiance to enhance the use of outdoor urban environments. This webinar will provide an overview of outdoor lighting applications including landscaping, structures, roadways, and public spaces.

This course though does not focus on the aesthetic side of outdoor lighting alone though. Also discussed are ideas and concepts that emphasizes safety and security; designs that demonstrate how lighting can be more than a decorative luminaries but also instruments that keep the community, residences, buildings, and other establishments secure. It also tells us how to design a safe outdoor lighting systems, free of possible malfunctions as they are being used every day.

The course hopes participants will be able to describe the design considerations for outdoor lighting applications and understand the application of different light sources in outdoor lighting, as well as the role of lighting in creating safe and secure spaces.

Outdoor Lighting

What is daylighting? What are the different types of lighting design? How is it beneficial to the public and the environment? 

This webinar will introduce key concepts in the use of daylighting within exterior covered structures and within the design of vertical hardscape. The term daylighting, typically applied to use within buildings, describes a concept of the use of design techniques to use reflection, opening placement, with lighting control integration, will be discussed in the context of the design of hardscape outdoors.

The integration of solar angles, wind movement, shadows, shade, all impact thermal comfort of a space. Through strategic placement of conceptual techniques of daylighting, including strategic placement of opening in walls, or other vertical structures can influence the thermal comfort of the space. The use of reflective elements such as water can be used within night lighting to reduce needed lighting to achieve the needed design and safety considerations. Examples will be presented to illustrate the concepts.

Sustainable Lighting: Daylighting

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s latest park that spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land adjacent to Marina Bay Reservoir, is an integral part of the city’s long-term plan to transform itself from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden.” Consisting of three waterfront gardens, Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden, the project has set new standards for developments of its kind by featuring two large-scale conservatories, interconnected lake systems, 18 structures known as the “Supertrees” (vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions including planting, shading and serving as environmental engines for the project), as well as various themed gardens that display thousands of plant species.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Gardens by the Bay case study including its sustainability design features of passive design and active design features used for energy efficiency, energy generation and water harvesting and treatment.

Case Study: Gardens by the Bay - Singapore
About the Instructor
Carrie Moore
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Registered Landscape Architect

Carrie Moore is the owner of ISDM, an online continuing education company for landscape architects.  Ms. Moore uses her 15+ years as a landscape architect and her experience in teaching landscape architecture as a former assistant professor to ensure that the topics covered are both accurate and well taught.  Her experience has guided design projects around the globe.  


Master of Natural Resource Management, Lincoln University, New Zealand and Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien, Austria
Master of Ecological Engineering, Lincoln University, New Zealand and Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien, Austria
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Rhode Island

Professional and Private Practice:

Ms. Moore was licensed as a Registered Landscape Architect in the State of Florida over a decade ago. Ms. Moore started Tri-Fusion Designs, a landscape architecture firm, in 2004. Ms. Moore designed a variety of projects included: design, project management, and construction administration on a variety of project types including: urban design, transportation, parks, commercial, master planning, large scale residential, and institutional projects. Designs included: landscape, irrigation, lighting, hardscape, gate, entry, amenity (pool, fountain, sport fields) and signage aspects. Ms. Moore led Tri-Fusion Designs until 2012 when she went into the West Virginia University to be an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture.


LEED AP Professional
Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Certified (CLARB)


Registered Landscape Architect, State of Florida
Registered Landscape Architect, State of Texas
Registered Landscape Architect, State of Massachusetts