APCC presents a free stormwater workshop
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
2:00 - 3:30pm
Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors Conference Center
22 Mid Tech Drive, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Phytoremediation- Pollution Purging Plants!
with Kate Kennen, RLA, Offshoots, Inc.
Environmental pollutants are encountered in the water, soil and air of our Cape Cod landscapes. This workshop will provide an overview of the use of plants to take up pollutants with a focus on nitrogen and phosphorus removal in stormwater.
What can plants really accomplish? This session will provide the tools to create ‘phyto’ landscapes that enhance environmental conditions.
Our speaker, landscape architect Kate Kennen, co-authored PHYTO: Principles for Site Remediation and Landscape Design, published by Routledge in 2015. Kate teaches pollution removal strategies with plants at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the Landscape Architecture Department and is the founder and president of Offshoots, Inc., a Boston landscape architecture practice focused on productive planting techniques and phytotechnology consulting.
Phytotechnology is the ability of plants to uptake and remove contaminates from the environment. The use of plants for the purpose of cleaning up gas stations burdened with fuel spills, to brownfields contaminated with heavy industrial toxins, can be cost-effective and an effective strategy in mitigating pollutants.
BIO: Having spent her childhood at her family’s garden center in central Massachusetts, Kate is well versed in the plants and ecological systems of the Northeast. A registered Landscape Architect with degrees from Cornell University and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, she founded Kennen Landscape Architecture in 2004 and Offshoots, Inc in 2012 to create practices focused on productive planting and ecological planning. Previously, Kate was an associate at Design Workshop in Aspen, Colorado. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her recent and ongoing projects including Cape Cod’s Downtown Hyannis Revitalization Project, Plantworks at 725 Main Street, a phytoremediation installation on a former gas station site, and Bouyed Coasts, an environmental art installation project in Barnstable Massachusetts. Her current research and teaching concentrates on planting design and applied phytotechnologies that utilize plants to clean up contaminated sites. She currently teaches a research seminar in Phytotechnologies for Landscape Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.