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Buildings create around 40% of CO₂

emissions in the United States and account
for approximately 41%  of the country’s
total energy consumption.
Mindra Okonski- Internship
Internship Site: Slater


Field: Landscape


Mentor: John Slater
Research Topic:
The methods and benefits of
environmentally sustainable
Sustainable Architecture: LEED Certified
How I Became Interested
Sustainable Architecture and
Landscape Architecture
• Landscape architects focus on establishing a
harmonious relationship between nature and the
built environment
• Consider social and aesthetic aspects of design
• Restore natural areas and conserve resources
• Sustainable architecture shares many of these
What I am Learning
• Design process: client meeting, site analysis, research, conceptual
design, diagrams (e.g. bubble diagram), schematic design, cost
estimate, design development, construction documents
• Vectorworks
• How to create symbols and drawings
• Also learning about other characteristics of landscape architecture
such as sidewalks, design concepts, materials, and water
management strategies.
• Deck alterations
• Wintergrowth courtyard design
Installing water efficient fixtures in one out
of every one hundred homes could reduce
greenhouse gas emission by 80,000 tons,
which would be the same as removing
15,000 cars from the road for a year.