(Article and photo from humanosphere.org)

Landscape architects are using their work to tackle global issues such as sustainability, climate change, mental health, mosquito-borne disease and poverty.

Though landscape architecture may bring to mind elegant gardens and parks, Glen Schmidt from Schmidt Design Group is convinced that landscape architects can serve as “architects of survival.” If climate change is the problem, “landscape architects are part of the solution. We design the green infrastructure that offsets a lot of these issues.”

Trees are great carbon sinks, and when placed well, their shade can reduce energy consumption in buildings and reflective heat from asphalt. Planting deep-rooted species also stops rainwater from running off, which prevents pollution and flooding, and Xeriscaping, the practice of planting drought-resistant or native species, reduces water consumption in yards and gardens.

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