Monitoring the Performance of Sustainable Design Practices at Square 80 Plaza

GW’s Square 80 Plaza demonstrates many principles of sustainable landscape design; it strives to play a dual role in the life of the university, providing a natural respite from the intense urban fabric that surrounds it and promoting stormwater management, conservation of resources and wildlife habitat.

To evaluate the performance of sustainable design practices over time and improve the body of knowledge on long-term site sustainability, the design team has begun to monitor and document various facets of the effectiveness of the park.

Monitoring data and findings are summarized in the following reports, available to all individuals and scholars, with our encouragement to pursue further investigations into human behavior in relation to sustainability on our campus.

This work was prepared for the SITES Pilot project submission, in accordance with the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009, The Sustainable Sites Initiative, a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.

The following principles of sustainable design are monitored here:

Data and Summary Findings