Campus Planning & Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-B02 - Public Health, Water, and Environmental Justice: A Case for School Landscapes

Sunday, October 21
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 109


A multidisciplinary panel will share strategies to address climate change, aging infrastructures, and maintenance for the country’s second-largest school district and Los Angeles’s largest landowner. Their work and case studies reconsider school landscapes in terms of educational enrichment, ecological services, and public health at the regional scale.

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Katherine Harvey, ASLA

Studio Director
Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Katherine Harvey is the Studio Director at Stoss in Los Angeles. With over a decade of experience serving public clients, she has worked on a range of projects from campus master-planning to neighborhood parks. Her recent fellowship research, 1200 Play Yards, studied the regional impact of LAUSD’s campuses. This work was supported by a grant from the Association of Women in Architecture Foundation and exhibited at the LACI gallery in Los Angeles in the spring of 2017. She currently teaches graduate studios at the University of Southern California.


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Claire Latané, ASLA, SITES AP

Senior Associate

Claire Latané, ASLA, LEED AP, SITES AP is a senior associate with Studio-MLA. She is a writer, community advocate, and ecological designer. Her work focuses on climate-appropriate design and promoting equitable access to humane urban environments and nature. Her writing has appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Dirt, Ground Up Journal, My Livable City, and the Los Angeles Times. Claire's recent focus is on designing and advocating for restorative high school landscapes that support mental health and well-being and increase students' perception of safety.


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Bevin Ashenmiller

Associate Professor
Occidental College

Professor Ashenmiller is an Associate Professor of Economics at Occidental College. An Environmental Economist, she spent the 2012-2013 academic year working as the Senior Economist for Energy and the Environment at the White House Council of Economic Advisers in Washington DC. Her current research focuses on how greening urban public school sites can support climate adaptation policy by managing storm water and providing ecosystem services while simultaneously improving the academic, behavioral and health outcomes of children and youth.


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Eileen Alduenda, ASLA

Interim Executive Director
Council for Watershed Health

Eileen Alduenda is the Interim Executive Director of the Council for Watershed Health. Her work is focused on integrating ecological systems into the urban landscape. Over the past 8 years, she has managed a variety of green infrastructure projects for CWH, many benefitting disadvantaged communities. She managed CWH’s contract with the State Water Resources Control Board's Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools Technical Assistant Project, providing TA to schools throughout the State. Currently, she directs the education and engagement component of LA Unified School District's DROPS project for five schools. Ms. Alduenda has an MLA from the University of Washington.


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