Regenerative Design Summit

Breedlove Land Planning was a proud sponsor of USGBC Georgia’s Regenerative Design Summit held this past Friday at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  The event brought together over 100 design and construction industry professionals aiming to take sustainable design beyond less-bad to the point of “Regenerative”.  Regenerative design aims to consider each building project as playing a small role within the larger system to which it contributes.  Regenerative design seeks solutions which “renew, evolve and thrive” in the same way that natural systems do.  To reach this level of connection within the ecosystems we inhabit, we must rethink the design process in a way that places priority first on purpose.  During the event, a teaming activity paired professionals from varying disciplines to illustrate how integration from the outset can better define a project’s purpose and potential.  BLP attendees included Reece Parker, Alan Wieczynski, Katie Medina and Gary Caraway.

Two Breedlove Land Planning Projects Receive Recognition as High Performance Healthy Schools

3-21-13 HPHSOn February 19, during their 2013 Regional Schools Summit, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the best and the greenest schools with the “High Performance, Healthy Schools Awards“.  The USGBC awarded those schools, school systems and/or individuals who have shown leadership in building green Georgia schools during the past year.  Breedlove Land Planning’s client, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects was selected as the recipient of the USGBC-Georgia Chapter Award in the category of “Leadership in Energy Efficiency” for their work on Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.  They also received recognition in the category of “Innovation in Sustainability” for St. Martin Episcopal School. BLP was the Civil Engineer for both projects.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has proven to be a successful example of geothermal heating and cooling implemented in a Georgia school. Bruce Morine, the school’s CFO, analyzed his energy cost data over the years since building occupancy and compared it to their other campus. The results showed a payback of 7 years and continued energy savings. This data made a strong case for energy efficiency, which was recognized by the award.  St. Martin’s Episcopal School is pursuing LEED for Schools Silver certification. The school is healthy and high-performing in everything from design to construction. While the HVAC System provides energy savings the design provides learning spaces that extends outdoors and provides the opportunity to use the building as a teaching tool and promoting environmental awareness.

BLP is proud to have been on the CCCA team that helped make these schools among the “best and greenest” in Georgia.