Transforming Landscape Design
THE ECOSYSTEM DESIGN GROUP brings scientific research, education and application to the design and planning of sustainable landscapes. Our team works with architects, landscape architects, engineers and multi-disciplinary design teams to optimize the ecological, environmental and sociological function of landscapes. Our experience in scientific research, environmental design, and professional and university education positions our group at the forefront of urban environmental issues and provides the foundation for our fee-based consulting services.
Our consulting projects reflect best practices based on guidelines from the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™), a program created by a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the United States Botanic Garden and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. SITES™ has developed comprehensive guidelines and performance benchmarks for a voluntary national rating system for sustainable landscapes, similar to the LEED® rating system for green buildings. Dr. Mark Simmons, has participated in the development of the SITES™ rating system since its inception.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's mission is to advance the sustainable use of plants in the landscape. As an organized research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, we have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge of green roofs, sustainable turfgrass, low impact development (storm water), native ecosystem restoration, invasive species management, roadside revegetation and urban-wildland interface fire ecology. We also bring extensive and diverse experience from our work on high-impact projects for public and private clients, including national and regional parks, corporate headquarters, urban developments, institutional campuses, river and prairie restoration, state highways and botanic gardens. Our experienced team includes staff trained in landscape architecture, ecology, geography, planning and sustainable design.