Savanah Benedick-Welch Presents at the 2021 APA Conference

Posted on November 12, 2021

Norris Design Planner and Project Manager Savanah Benedick-Welch recently participated in the panel discussion at the Colorado Planning Conference last month. Hosted in Keystone by the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association, the conference focused on “Planning at a Crossroads” and how the planning community in Colorado can responsively approach the future.

Savanah spoke on a panel called GWS: Retrofitting Your Existing Landscapes to Reap Water Savings, which focused on how to reduce water consumption by transforming landscapes that contain high water-use plants into landscapes with native and drought tolerant plants. Along with representatives from Denver Botanic Gardens, DOLA, Third Cherry Creek HOA and Northern Water, the group discussed how Colorado communities are grappling with population growth, climate change and complex water supply challenges.

This topic is important to the work we do at Norris Design and the world. It’s known that current landscapes, such as those containing a large amount of turf are using much more water than is necessary, especially in places like Colorado where the climate is becoming increasingly dry, hot and arid. This type of landscape is not sustainable for our communities and it’s important that we envision a variety of solutions to decrease our water consumption as we look forward. — Savanah Benedick-Welch