Openlands Recognized with Awards for Sustainability and Landscape Architecture

April 23, 2015

The Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (IL-ASLA) recognized Openlands with two accolades at the association’s annual awards event April 17. The event celebrated the year’s most exciting and exceptional work in landscape architecture.

Openlands and Conservation Design Forum received a Merit Award for the Natural Resources Action Plan and restoration work carried out at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. Openlands commissioned the plan in 2004, which guided the acquisition and restoration of the beautiful and rare bluff and ravine habitat along Lake Michigan. The IL-ASLA also bestowed an Honor Award to the school garden at Donald L. Morrill Math & Science Elementary School, in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood of Chicago. The garden, designed by Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture, was installed in 2012 through the Building School Gardens program at Openlands.

Principals at Conservation Design Forum and Openlands President Jerry Adelmann celebrate the IL-ASLA Awards. Pictured (left to right): Jim Patchett, FASLA, LEED AP, David Yocca, FASLA, LEED AP, Jerry Adelmann, Tom Price, P.E., Jason Cooper, RLA  

In 2014, Morrill Elementary was selected as a pilot school for the new Space to Grow program, a multi-faceted school gardening program led by a partnership between Openlands and the Healthy Schools Campaign. Space to Grow was honored with an Emerald Mission award from the Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Emerald Awards, which take place May 14 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, annually recognize outstanding leaders and stand-out buildings that have helped to position Illinois as a national leader in sustainability.


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