According to Architecture 2030, the urban built environment is responsible for 75% of the world’s global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As those responsible for the planning, design and implementation of those places, we must advocate for climate positive outcomes, extending the current approach of becoming carbon neutral.
Climate Positive Design is bringing people together to remove as much CO2 from the atmosphere possible in the exterior built and natural environments. We provide thought leadership and develop tools, guidance and resources to make this collective impact possible.
Climate Positive Design projects provide net positive climate outcomes. They also provide environmental, social, cultural, and economic co-benefits. Over a cradle to cradle, design life assessment, they sequester more greenhouse gases than they emit in support of meeting the 1.5oC carbon budget.
To embrace Climate Positive Design, there are three key things we can to do:
- Understand the environmental and carbon impacts of what we do through evidence-based research.
- Manage and mitigate these impacts through good planning and design.
- Advocate and educate for better understanding Climate Positive Design with our clients, colleagues, collaborators, stakeholders and Government.
Climate Positive Design (CPD) was founded in 2019 as part of a research initiative supported initially by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. The initiative is grounded in the following principles — Leadership, Education, Agency and Collaboration.
Climate Positive Design
Pamela Conrad, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, is an internationally recognized landscape architect and climate advocate. As our world continues to face challenges of urbanization, social injustices and climate change, Pamela focuses on finding solutions to the climate crisis and planning for a resilient future. Her passion for the environment is deeply rooted – from growing up on a farm in the mid-western United States to degrees in Plant Science and regenerative landscape architecture, and large-scale habitat restoration experience.
Her influential research on improving climate impacts of the exterior built and natural environments is elevating landscape architecture’s positive contribution to climate change and informs her work as the Founder of Climate Positive Design (CPD). Conrad is the Vice-Chair of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Climate Change Working Group who spearheaded the IFLA Climate Action Commitment presented at COP26 in conjunction with Architecture 2030 1.5oC Communique. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects Climate Action Committee and co-author of the ASLA Climate Advocacy Guide. Her nearly two decades of work has been widely featured as Conrad speaks nationally and internationally on the subjects of landscape architecture, climate action, and designing for future resilience.
Meet the Team
This initiative was made possible through collaboration with many talented and passionate individuals equally committed to designing for our future.
CMG Landscape Architecture
Kevin Conger, Chris Guillard, Willett Moss, Jamie Phillips, Rayna Deniord, Greg Barger, Eustacia Brossart, Nahal Sohbati, Alexandra Zahn, Jamie Yousten, Kelsey Wakefield and Wesley Cogan
Kristen diStefano, Prateek Jain
Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)
Barbara Deutsch, Lucinda Sanders (OLIN), Laura Solano (MVVA) and the 2018-2019 Fellowship Cohort
American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)
Vaughn Rinner and Nancy Sommerville
Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP)
Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture (CSLA) / International Federation of Landscape Architecture (IFLA)
Colleen Mercer Clarke
Technology + Design
Lauren Peters, Anne Donnard, Edan Weis, Tyler Maisano, Cameron Nimmo and Lary Lague
Deanna Lynn, University of Oregon