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Book Recommendation

May 16, 2011 in Uncategorized by admin

Elmer Avenue Landscape Architect Guy Stivers is passionate about sustainable design. While discussing the design of Elmer Avenue on the Alumni Connection’s tour of this site, Guy recommended those interested in sustainably to study Forestry, especially Urban Forestry. He recommended as a fundamental text, Up From Roots by James Urban.


I’ve bought the book and I’ve found it to be a marvelous combination of theory and practical instruction. I was told by a colleague that this is a text for the Arborist certification program.

Happy Reading,


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Elmer Avenue Tour

May 15, 2011 in Uncategorized by admin

The Alumni Connection sponsored a tour of the breakthrough Elmer Avenue project in Sun Valley. This project solves sever flooding problems with infiltration, swales, native plantings and rain barrels. A presentation by alumni Blake Whittington and project Landscape Architect Guy Stivers was followed by a tour of the street led by Guy. about fifteen alumni and other interested community members met at the LEED Gold Sun Valley Library for this event. Edward Belden, project manager for the Watershed Council, was also on hand to answer questions.


Presentation at the Sun Valley Library Community Room


A redesigned front lawn showcases sustainable design.


A rain barrel capture water for future use and the overflow fees a swale.


Guy Stivers discussing infiltration design.
Redesigned front yard and driveway use permeable pavement and native plants to infiltrate water and reduce residential water use.