Climate Positive Design Website

08/09/2019

The Climate Positive Design site is an international collaboration created to empower landscape architects, property owners, municipalities, and related disciplines to take climate action. The free digital web-based design tool can help reduce the carbon footprint of a site to support climate-friendly landscape architecture.

By providing tools, guidance, and resources the website provides pathways to positive changes that can be made now and do not require new regulations or policies – merely activism through education.

A web-based app called the Pathfinder is a landscape carbon calculator that guides designers on the path to meeting the goals of the Challenge and becoming Climate Positive. Focus areas:

  • approximately eighty different types of materials used in landscape projects such as paving, walls, fences etc. and their associated ‘embodied carbon’ from extraction, manufacturing, transportation, installation.
  • Trees, plants, wetlands and certain types of meadows/lawns capture CO2 from the atmosphere and sink carbon into the soil
  • Operational emissions associated with machinery for mowing/pruning, fertilizer used on plants, soil disruption, soil import, and impacts to existing trees.

Beyond the Pathfinder, the website provides additional educational resources including a Design Toolkit and Case Studies that assist with making Climate Positive Design decisions.