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AIASB Water Workshop: Analyzing the Site – Opportunities and Constraints

September 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Santa Barbara – spearheaded by CEC Partnership Council member Matt Gries and former board member Meg West – presents the first workshop in a water series that will provide tools to help designers understand site hydrology and collaborate more effectively. Speakers from a variety of different backgrounds will present key components of best practices from their areas of water expertise, including Low Impact Design (LID), Civil Engineering, and Landscape Architecture.

Refreshments served upon arrival. No charge for members, $15 for non members.

Learning objectives 

  • Understand the best practices for coordinating with Civil and Landscape Architect at the concept stage of a project to ensure the best results for site hydrology.
  • Interpret interdependencies governing hydrology, ecology & climate using map overlays, while also reconciling Land Use and the surrounding built environment.
  • Introduce the concept of the “Water Commons Index”, and learn about tools being developed to identify important arterial sites within the Water Commons.
  • Learn how to prioritize Low Impact Design strategies and practices while considering different project types and site conditions.

Cathleen Garnand works for the County of Santa Barbara Project Clean Water Program. Cathleen is a civil engineer and the interim manager of Project Clean Water, a program in the Water Resources Division of Public Works. Cathleen oversees implementation of the County’s NPDES Municipal General Permit requirements, including review of land development projects for consistency with the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Post-Construction Requirements.

Ben Best is an environmental data scientist with a strong background in marine spatial ecology. Through his newly formed EcoQuants consultancy, he is currently working with the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network and National Renewable Energy Labs. He has taught a variety of courses at the Bren School: GIS, Advanced GIS, Environmental Informatics, Landscape Ecology and Conservation Planning Lab. He was the senior analyst for the Ocean Health Index and recently completed a PhD at Duke University in the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab. At Duke he also worked on Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools, OBIS-SEAMAP marine animal observation geoportal, Census of Marine Life Map & Viz and predictive distribution modeling of cetaceans.

Dustin Pearce joined the Conservation Biology Institute in December of 2015. His background in geospatial sciences has focused on the interplay of of working agricultural lands, natural lands, and renewable energy development in California. Growing up in the San Joaquin Valley, his connection with agricultural and working lands initiated his interest in biology. Watching the seasonal shifts in crops and the wildlife that surrounded the valley all developed his curiosity for the natural world that still drives him today. Finding just as much comfort in plowed fields as the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada, his upbringing has helped him understand the truly complex nature of humans’ interaction with different landscapes. Dustin holds a M.E.S.M. in Economics and Politics of the Environment from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and a B.S. in Conservation Biology from Arizona State University. His work with the Conservation Biology Institute is focused on stakeholder engagement and smart planning for renewable energy development throughout California. Dustin lives and works remotely in Santa Barbara, California. He enjoys getting outside as much as possible, woodworking, metalworking, and exploring paved roads on his motorcycle.

Matt Gries AIA is a licensed Architect at DesignARC and a member of the CEC Partnership Council. For over 14 years, Matt has focused on resource, climatology and sustainability issues that are inherently tied to the design process, with a particular passion for solving problems related to water management. Matt is now working with the AIA Santa Barbara in order to promote a bottom-up approach to architecture and landscape design that is more deeply integrated with Santa Barbara’s complex water scenario.

Meg West is a licensed Landscape Architect with a genuine passion for sustainable living, so you might see her pedaling around town or harvesting food from her yard.  Meg was inspired to run for a seat on the Goleta Water District Board of Directors in 2014 after serving on the Goleta Planning Commission. She spent the next two years immersed in water policy, wondering if it would ever rain again. Facing this drought head-on has deepened her understanding of water issues dramatically. She is now active in local and statewide efforts to promote and implement integrated solutions for water supply, soil health, pollution, and climate. Click here for her website


September 7, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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