Ensite Invited to Present at Designing to Thrive Colloquium

Ensite Invited to Present at Designing to Thrive Colloquium

Ensite partners Brian Smith and Jon Romine are proud to be featured presenters at Edison State College’s “Designing To Thrive,” a colloquium bringing together leading state and national experts from the sustainability, design, ecology, environmental, transportation, and development sectors.

This Southwest Florida sustainability seminar will take place at Edison State College’s Lee Campus (8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919), Building AA (Nursing Building) – Room AA-177 on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 12pm to 6pm.

Building on the community engagement successes of past colloquia and regional growth seminars, the 2013-2014 Biennial Colloquium “The Price and Promise of Progress,” will focus on responding to the question: Can urban development coexist harmoniously with natural ecosystems? Members of the community throughout the Southwest Florida region are invited to join panelists to discuss innovative design solutions that address environmental challenges to help build sustainable and healthy communities.

At 3:30pm, Brian Smith, Director of Land Design and partner at Ensite, is honored to be joining Chris Ressler, Studio+, and Kim Trebatoski, EcoPlanz on an “Integrated Design for Mixed Use.” Among the innovative topics that they will cover are:

  • Mixed-Use Development
  • Urban Sprawl
  • Ecological Impact of the Traditional Mix-of-Use Model
  • Livability Principles
  • Sustainable Design

Jon Romine, Director of Landscape Architecture and Partner, will be discussing “Sustainable Stormwater Design” at 5:00pm. His presentation will cover how successful stormwater design is a multi-disciplinary approach that thinks on a regional scale.  It is more than just getting water off the site.

Jon will cover some of the misconceptions related to Low Impact Design (LID) methods and strategies for better connected and more user friendly development projects. He will also discuss some local projects that are utilizing LID’s for a long term return on investment.

For more information and to register for the event, please click on the Designing to Thrive FLYER and AGENDA.

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