Jason Cooper (WR, Lombard) accepted the Wisconsin American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Merit Award on behalf of ECT’s Lombard team for the Green Infrastructure Plant Selection Tool that he created for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). The GI plant selection tool was designed to help project partners and interested residents with the selection of plants for green infrastructure applications. The Wisconsin ALSA presented the 2021 Professional Project Awards via zoom call on Thursday, July 15, 2021. The Green Infrastructure Plant Selection tool won in the categories of “analysis and planning” and for projects larger than 10 acres.
The concept of green infrastructure promises many wonderful benefits. Cleaner water, increased infiltration, and added habitat for native plants and animals. Maintaining an environment where plants can thrive, however, is challenging. Picking the right plants for green infrastructure requires a thorough understanding of the site’s ecology and long-term stewardship.