Skip to content

Sustainability Education Committee

  • COST

    Free and open to the public

  • TYPE

    Knowledge Community



Afforest This!

Martha Schwartz FASLA will explain how the profession of Landscape Architecture is finding its way in how to address climate change. As a profession, Landscape Architects have been slow to take up this challenge. As a culture, we tend to focus on technological solutions to solve our problems rather than thinking about ecological strategies that might help.

The presentation will be about how ecology, when reinserted into our urban landscapes at a large enough scale, can help our cities better adapt to and mitigate global warming. Much of the information Prof. Schwartz will be referencing comes directly from “DRAWDOWN”, a book edited by Paul Hawken, that pulls together research done by a group of 70 scientists and scholars since 2013. It defines 80 solutions to mitigate global warming over the next 30 years, with resulting metrics. She will also describe a studio run at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2017 entitled “SEQUESTROPOLIS: The City as a Machine to Combat Global Warming”, which illustrates, through drawings and metrics, how effective the insertion of forests (afforestation) in the urban environment can future-proof our cities.

This presentation is co-sponsored by BSA-COTE.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

To learn more about the Sustainability Education Committee, visit

Click Register to attend.

This meeting may also be attended remotely by Zoom video conferencing. CEs are by self-reporting only for video conferences. To join, follow the instructions below:

Topic: Sustainability Education Committee

Time: Feb 20, 2018 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 343 975 255