Featuring more than 15 acres of newly created wetland habitat, Jiading Park's waterways integrated ecological restoration techniques such as biodegradable erosion control. The park's 25 different types of wetland species filter stormwater runoff and significantly improve water quality. This restored habitat also provides food and shelter to support the region's recovering population of waterfowl.
In addition to preserving 2,312 existing trees, Jiading Park created 30 acres of new woodlands, adding 12,284 new trees of 71 different species—all 100% native to the Changjiang (Yangtze) Plain eco-region.
The courtyard at The Avenue eliminates the use of potable water, saving 76,000 gallons of water and approximately $730 per year. The landscape reuses runoff, features native and drought-tolerant plants, and incorporates high-efficiency irrigation systems, reducing water needed for irrigation by 62%.
Wilmington Waterfront Park in Los Angeles dramatically enhanced the quality of the environment for the under-served community of Wilmington, increasing local public open space by 150%. Formed through extensive public outreach, the park reconnects the neighborhood with its waterfront and promotes ecological, programmatic, and social diversity.
Framework plan proposes 55% increase of campus trees
Adding over 7,200 native trees across The Ohio State University will provide 80+ acres of new canopy cover, combating the urban heat island effect. The trees will provide multiple benefits, including expected savings of over $21.6 million in stormwater-related infrastructure costs during the lifespan of the trees.
The University of Maine Master Plan provides a comprehensive approach for stormwater management with an estimated reduction in peak run-off rate in 6 of 12 watersheds. The reductions by watershed range from 4.4% to 10.7%. The total impervious surface area in the core campus watersheds is reduced from 11% to 7%.
At Jiading Park in Shanghai, restoring wetland and woodland has drastically improved water and air quality and biodiversity. Reusing materials, including 3,100 square meters of asphalt and 50,000 salvaged roof tiles, has reduced emissions and lowered costs. Rainwater harvesting has decreased potable water demand by 3.3 million gallons annually.
At The Ohio State University, an existing overflow dam has proliferated the Olentangy River's poor ecological health. Restoring the river's natural ecology and redesigning adjacent streets as flood protection reclaims 144 acres of core campus, supporting the plan's ecological, academic, and social engagement goals.
Constructed wetland improves water quality and habitat
Creating over 226 hectares of new wetlands along the Yellow River floodplain will filter an estimated 40 million cubic meters of irrigation supply and site runoff annually. In addition, the nearly 590 hectares of lakes, wetlands, and exposed flats will provide abundant resting and foraging habitat for migratory birds.
2.7 acres of parking lot convert to floodplain parkland
The Cedar Rapids Amphitheater and Festival Grounds Project reclaims two riverfront parking lots as a new community park and incorporates approximately one acre of native prairie meadow and naturalized river's edge.
In Abu Dhabi, KUSTAR capitalizes on the sustainable requirements of the challenging Gulf climate to create a vibrant, interconnected academic community. Careful management of building form and alignment and creative use of shade and wind corridors minimizes cooling costs while creating a close-knit setting interweaving teaching and research.
In Pennsylvania, the five acres of wild flower meadow planted for the Wilkes Barre River Commons needs to be mowed only once per year, as compared to traditional maintained lawns which require weekly mowing. The meadow also provides valuable natural habitat for local species.
Sustainable lighting design far surpasses energy code minimums
At National Grid's New England corporate office, combined task and ambient lighting provides illumination only where needed, creating responsive, light-filled space. These advanced strategies result in a lighting power density (excluding task lights) of .54 watts/square foot, 46% below code minimums.
Corpus Christi's North Bayfront Park, created by relocating and reducing traffic lanes on Shoreline Boulevard, demonstrates innovation in rainwater management. It provides a 30% reduction in impervious surfaces and, during a one inch rain event, treats nearly 44,000 gallons of rainwater in a rain garden planted with native coastal meadow plants.