This eight hour online course introduces the reader to the principles and practices of conservation design. This course is intended for practicing engineers, contractors, developers, regulators, and all other personnel involved with site development.
Impacts of development
Development inevitably causes some degree of disturbance and compaction of the soil, the loss of vegetation density, impacts to natural habitats and the creation of impervious surfaces. All too often ordinance requirements result in a site layout that does not take into consideration the most valuable aspects of a site. Water quality, habitat, and critical ecological features can be lost if sites are fit to a development, rather than fitting a development to a site.
What is conservation design?
Conservation design is a site development strategy that takes into consideration the most valuable features of the natural landscape, while still allowing equivalent development density. Conservation design focuses on the grouping of building sites thereby allowing for the preservation of green corridors, valuable natural resources, and the avoidance of ecologically sensitive areas. Conservation design typically results in projects that are better for the environment, as well as providing additional economic and quality of life benefits. For these reasons conservation design is gaining popularity.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions at the end of this course to obtain PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Understanding what conservation design is
- Understanding the benefits of conservation design
- Learn ways conservation design can be integrated into local plans and ordinances
- Learn the principals and practices for conservation design
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