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Feb 14, 2023

Using Landscapes To Combat Climate Change - Pamela Conrad, Landscape Architect

Landscape architecture involves the planning, design, management, and nurturing of the exterior built and natural environments. So, landscape architects is a professional degree and…we design places like parks and campuses, streetscapes trails, plazas, residences, and other projects that strengthen communities. And … our work also involves increasing resilience to climate impacts and drawing down carbon in communities in an equitable way.” Pamela Conrad on Electric Ladies Podcast

You might take for granted how lovely the park near your home is, or your corporate or university campus,  but every inch of it was deliberately designed (unless it’s a national park), from the way it uses water and integrates with the area’s water systems, to the types of plants, trees and grass – including to mitigate climate change. How?  

Listen to this fascinating interview on Electric Ladies Podcast with Pamela Conrad, Landscape Architect, and you’ll look at parks and campuses in a whole new way.

You’ll hear:

  • How water systems are designed in landscapes to conserve and reuse water, including integrating with the nearby buildings.
  • What a difference the Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment Act will make for communities that want to restore their natural ecosystems,
  • How landscaping can mitigate climate change, and reduce emissions, energy use and maintenance.
  • What “Go Beyond Zero” means and how to do it.
  • Plus, insightful career advice such as….:

One, knowing and understanding your own strengths and then asking, ‘what action is needed around climate action?’ And then especially, ‘where do you see the gaps?’ And then fill it, jump into those spaces …And then the third… is to ask yourself that question of what brings you joy…And I think that to make sure that what you're doing is something that you love, it can help prevent burnout.

Pamela Conrad on Electric Ladies podcast

You’ll also want to listen to: (some might be recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio)

  • Diane Regas, Trust for Public Lands, on how parks mitigate climate change and create healthy communities.
  • Julie White, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation in North Carolina, on how transportation improves and integrates with communities.
  • Melissa Modica, Waste Harmonics, on how to manage waste to reduce climate change
  • Jackie Roberts, AppHarvest, on indoor farming to save our food supply

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