Green Landscape and Environmental Policy

Stephanie Freeman
Alabama A&M University Plant and Soil Science
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  • Develop lectures that discuss environmental policy and horticulture practices in communities.
  • Create classroom activities that incorporate green landscape design practices in residential areas.
  • These classroom activities will be implemented in the field.

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Undergraduate and graduate level horticulture landscape course.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

  • To become more thoughtful observers and critics of the horticulture landscape. To develop the ability to embody an idea within residential, commercial, and governmental landscape.
  • To develop the ability to think and conceptualize rain gardens, bioretention, and environmental impact.
  • To develop the graphic communication skills required to convey formal intentions of design to customers.

How the activity is situated in the course

  • A sequence of activities


Content/concepts goals for this activity

  • Water quality determination and preservation

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

  • Critical evaluation of incorporating rain gardens and water cisterns to residential areas

Other skills goals for this activity

  • Develop an interactive website and videos for training

Description of the activity/assignment

This course introduces students to basic rain garden design, water cistern development, and bioretention principles. Students will also explore the uses of landform, plants, and structure to shape space. Classes will include slide-illustrated lectures, class discussions, and project critiques. Through a combination of short practicum that includes rain garden design for residential, commercial, and government locations, students will be able to analyze and create a design that applies modern theories to questions of spatial organization, order, and selection of building materials. Students will translate research and case studies by applying building, drawing, and design critiques specific for the site design and present their findings to the community.

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