Perennial Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

  • 18 Oct 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Alberici, 8800 Page Ave. St. Louis, MO 63114


October 18 Program

Perennial Polycultures: 
Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

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PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science St. Louis

Join us for a discussion on efforts underway to increase biodiversity and stewardship of natural resources within Midwestern building, agricultural, and native landscapes!

From the irreplaceable complexities of native prairie ecosystems, to benefits offered by prairie plantings in designed landscapes, to new innovations aimed at creating ecologically sound and resilient agricultural practices, our speakers will share their wealth of knowledge.

In her role as Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Carol Davit is among our region’s most purposeful and passionate advocates focused on the critical importance of prairies,  which once covered more than 15 million acres of Missouri and occupied a 160-million domain across North America.  While reinforcing the critical importance of conserving remnant prairies, Carol will focus in on success stories of vibrant prairie plantings at corporate campuses, homes, and public spaces throughout Missouri, reinforcing how prairies can and should be a core, foundational component when designing outdoor spaces for people.

Scott Allegrucci will share The Land Institute’s work on perennializing grain, oil seed, and pulse varieties – the kinds of plants that make up much of our human diet – as an alternative to the current commodity crop agricultural model.  This is not about integrating edibles into designed landscapes, but rather, about ecologically sound and resilient agriculture that can evolve beyond niche practices. Scott will be joined by Dr. Claudia Ciotir, postdoctoral fellow on the Perennial Agriculture Project Global Inventory. This collaborative research partnership between the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis University and The Land Institute is evaluating data on wild, perennial plant species toward eventual use in sustainable agriculture programs spearheaded by The Land Institute.

Carol DavitMissouri Prairie Foundation
Scott AllegrucciThe Land Institute
Dr. Claudia CiotirSaint Louis University

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Registration & networking
6:15 -7:30 p.m. – Formal presentation
Wine and light appetizers provided.

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free to all attendees!

REGISTER: Click on the Register button on the left side of this screen.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsor!

DJM Ecological


Flance Learning Center opened to students in June 2014, and aims to be an exemplary early
learning center, serving children of all incomes and backgrounds, six-weeks to six-years of age in a new, $11.5 million facility. The center’s design team placed heavy emphasis on ensuring that indoor and outdoor spaces were resource-efficient, free of toxins, healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective.  In recognition of this emphasis on health and environmental
sustainability, Flance Center is registered to become only the 4th LEED for Schools Certified
Preschool in the world.   Universal Design features are also incorporated to create a convenient
experience for staff and students, regardless of physical ability, thereby creating an environment in which special-needs and typical-needs children can thrive side-by-side in the same classrooms.