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{Past Event} - How To Series: Sustainable Development & Community Engagement: Design & Construction

June 13, 2008 - 2:30 pm - June 13, 2008 - 2:30 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Sustainable development is a powerful mechanism for health care facilities to practice community stewardship. The webinar will introduce participants to the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a toolkit for sustainable site development with an emphasis on health outcomes. Two case studies will also explore the health, ecological, and financial benefit to sustainable development practices on health care campuses. Define an ecosystem service and how these services affect our health, economy and quality of life. Identify how a sustainable site can protect and restore ecosystem services in both rural and urban settings. Review how building green can cost less than standard building practices. Review how sustainable coordination early in the design process can obtain clusters of LEED credits that will not be cut out of a project. Understand the opportunities and challenges of applying sustainable design in healing landscapes. Understand design considerations associated with roof gardens.


Winston Huff, CPD, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid
Winston Huff is a project manager, plumbing fire protection designer and Sustainable Coordinator with Smith Seckman Reid Consulting Engineers ( in Nashville, Tennessee. He has extensive 17 year design and project management experience in a wide range of healthcare projects across the country. He is also a regular contributor to the American Society of Plumbing Engineers publication; Plumbing System and Design Magazine (PS&D) on columns and articles covering the future in plumbing technology. He is a frequent speaker covering, healthcare, LEED and environmental plumbing issues and was the founding editor of Life Support and Biosphere Science an academic journal and has served as its editor-in-chief. Huff is president of Science Interactive, an organization promoting Biosphere Science (

Jacinta McCann, FAILA, ASLA, EDAW
Originally from Australia, Jacinta is based in EDAW’s San Francisco office that specializes in landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning, and environmental and natural resource planning. Jacinta is a landscape architect and works on projects located in California and elsewhere around the globe. Her current projects include the UCSF Medical Campus at Mission Bay, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, the Eden Medical Center, the Kaiser San Leandro Medical Center, and the Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Jacinta worked on the Sydney Olympics for six years leading up to 2000, and developed her interest in sustainability during this period while helping to deliver the first green Olympic games.

Megan Walker, EDAW
Megan has a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia, Canada, a program with a strong focus in sustainability. She has been with EDAW since 2000, and works on projects that range from campuses, parks, urban design and community master planning, as well as healthcare. Current projects include an Urban Forest Master Plan for San Francisco, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. All of her projects have sustainability as a guiding principle, and focus on real-world applications of the goal. Her current passion is designing healing gardens, as landscapes of incredible importance, impact and meaning for people enduring difficult times. She has been a LEED AP since 2003.

Heather Venhaus, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Heather Venhaus is an environmental designer for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Ms. Venhaus has a background in landscape architecture and has spent the last decade working with teams of scientists, designers, and educational advisors on projects emphasizing sustainable design, landscape restoration and environmental education. Heather is currently the project manager of the Sustainable Sites Initiative and is also involved in private consulting projects through the Center. Ms. Venhaus is a member of the Central Texas Balcones Chapter Board of Directors, Chair of the South Central Regional Council and member of the national Chapter Steering Committee for the U.S. Green Building Council.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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