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Higher Education Course Design and Instruction

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA

Tom is a lecturer of Sustainable Landscape Design in the University of Massachusetts’ Sustainable Food and Farming Certificate Program, and at Greenfield Community College (GCC). Tom was engaged to develop and instruct both programs’ first energy-focused landscape design courses, which emphasize connecting building systems with natural systems in an innovative, low maintenance-oriented approach. These classes are exposed to real-life examples of sustainable design, including an urban permaculture microfarm and a deep energy retrofit building, which features a rainwater recycling system and rain gardens. Students range from young undergraduates to seasoned professionals.

Tom has also lectured at Harvard, MIT, and many professional conferences including the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference.

Topics Include:

  • The landscape design process
  • Graphic communication and presentation styles
  • Low maintenance-based design
  • Native plant community restoration
  • Green roofs and walls
  • Local food systems
  • Post-industrial landscapes
  • Sustainable forestry as related to energy, economy , and ecology

Previous Classes, Tours & Lectures

Sustainable Landscape Design Studio Intensive

Winter Term 2020
DEC 26, 2019 – JAN 18, 2020

Sugg. Pre-Req: 386

Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning

Fall Term 2019

Sustainable Site Design Studio (Online)

September 6 – November 11, 2017
Fall Term 2017

Sustainable Site Planning & Design (Online)

January 23 – May 2, 2017
Spring Term 2017 &
Summer II Term 2017

RI Sustainable Sites Tour

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Kent Hospital (Warwick) & Charlestown Early Learning Center (Charlestown)
Hosted by Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network

Keeping Soil On Site: Bioengineered Slope Stabilization

March 9, 2016
with Duke Bitsko, Chester Engineers
Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) Winter Conference

Sustainable Site Design Basics

Thursday, October 1, 2015
9:30 am-4:30 pm
Framingham, MA
Hosted by New England Wildflower Society (NEWFS)

Sustainable Landscape Design & Planning

July 6-August 14, 2015
Summer Session II

Sustainable Sites Tour

Friday, June 5, 2015
Two sites in Rhode Island
Hosted by New England Wildflower Society (NEWFS) & Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA)

SCI 125: Sustainable Landscape Design

Greenfield Community College
Fall Term 2015
Hybrid Online & In-Person
4 Saturdays:
9/12, 10/17, 11/14, 12/12

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