Colorado Environmental Consultants

  • Becoming Utility-Scale Solar Ready

    Colorado is expected to deploy around nine gigawatts of renewables by Jan 1, 2030 to meet its energy goals, yet cities and counties have not identified where solar would be acceptable. Logan Simpson’s Jeremy Call and Erin Bibeau partnered with the Colorado Solar and Storage Association (COSSA) on the Becoming Utility-Scale Solar Ready: Principles and Best Practices for Colorado’s Local Goverments study. The study includes five key principles/best practices:

    1. Cultivate awareness ahead of proposed development
    2. Create a collaborative, problem-solving partnership with continuous improvement and learning
    3. Maximize community benefits and desired outcomes
    4. Reduce impacts
    5. Align agencies, plans, and regulations

    Potential conflicts between solar projects and local communities can hold back economic growth and greenhouse gas emission reduction. The study applies each principle to common misconceptions and provides tools, partnerships, and opportunities for local governments to attract multimillion-dollar investments in solar while also protecting the public interest.

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  • Ford Park Showcased in Landscape Architect and Specifier News

    Ford Park Pathway

    The fine work of LSD’s Fort Collins landscape architects, Jana McKenzie, Kurt Friesen, and Kelly Smith, is showcased in the April issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News. The article (on pp 76-80) is about the fabulous Ford Park in Vail, one of America’s most high-profile recreation areas.

  • Jana McKenzie Appointed to Colorado Board of Landscape Architects

    Jana McKenzie, FASLA, LEED-AP

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Jana McKenzie, an award winning Principal Landscape Architect with Logan Simpson Design, Inc., to the State Board of Landscape Architects. Jana, whose career spans over 25 years, is an ASLA Fellow, a LEED Accredited Professional, and certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).  Jana is one of a small group of landscape architects who, with ASLA, originated the Sustainable Sites Initiative in 2002. She has also been a Director of the ASLA Sustainable Sites Professional Practice Network, and served five years on the USGBC Greenbuild Conference Program Committee.

    Jana, who resides in Fort Collins, has a broad range of experience serving public and private clients in streetscape design, design guidelines, community master planning, transportation facility design, parks and trails planning and design, natural areas design, and resource management. Her experience ranges from the preparation of large-scale planning documents to site-specific design for projects in Colorado and throughout the western United States. Jana manages and coordinates multi-disciplinary design teams, and leads public participation programs for consensus building to ensure successful, well-accepted, and implementable solutions. Her work focuses on integrating the multiple facets of sustainability – environmental, economic, social, health and culture – to result in plans and designs that are appropriate for their context, and which endure over time.

    Jana is committed to educating the public and allied professionals about the importance of stewardship and the critical role that landscape architects play in designing healthy, livable communities.

    The State Board of Landscape Architects regulates and licenses landscape architects within the Division of Registrations, Department of Regulatory Agencies. The mission of the Board is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Colorado by preventing the improper design of public domain landscape infrastructure by unauthorized, unqualified, and incompetent persons. Activities include examining and licensing landscape architects, investigating complaints about landscape architects and disciplining those who violate the law and/or the Board’s Rules. This Board is made up of five members: three from the profession and two public members. It works closely with national organizations such as CLARB.

    Jana’s term on the board will expire August 4, 2017.

  • Logan Simpson’s “Our Lands – Our Future” Study Wins Colorado ASLA Land Stewardship Award

    community planningThe Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects awarded the Land Stewardship Award to LSD’s “Our Lands – Our Future: Recreation and Conservation Choices for Northern Colorado” conservation study at their annual ceremony December 12. Our Lands – Our Future was the only project to receive the award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the stewardship of Colorado’s landscape and its sustainability.

    For the first time in Colorado, all of the local governments in a county engaged in a comprehensive study on  land conservation and nature-based recreation to evaluate successes, potential improvements, and existing gaps. The regional conservation study used extensive public outreach, an interactive GIS website, and dedicated engagement by nine partner agencies  to produce  a plan that shapes the vision of open space conservation in Larimer County.

    Logan Simpson Design’s landscape architecture and planning team provided the public involvement framework and analysis, coordination, and report for this unique regional conservation study. Working with project partners, four broad goals were developed: Conserve working farms and ranches; Create regionally-significant recreation opportunities; Protect natural resource and wildlife areas; and Enhance urban settings with open space and trail systems.

    This is the first time that all of Larimer County’s municipalities joined together to develop effective tools to manage diminishing open space resources. Over 4,200 citizens provided feedback on key choices: Which types of land and recreation should be provided? Where? What emphasis should be given to each type of open space? How should open space tax dollars be allocated? How should public funds be obtained for continued land conservation and recreation? The level and quality of partnerships in Colorado is unprecedented in this area, and the Our Lands – Our Future report capitalizes on those relationships.

    The combined county-wide and jurisdictional-specific needs assessment, opportunity maps, financial models, and citizen priorities in Our Lands – Our Future will help conservation partners and public land managers ensure that investments are strategic, cost-effective, and representative of community values. In updating their respective master plans, local governments will save land managers time and effort by using this study as a starting point.

    Read the final report here.

    Our Lands Our Future

    Seventeen projects took home an award at the ASLA Colorado 2013 Professional Design Awards and holiday celebration in Denver.

  • Logan Simpson Design Assisting Colorado Springs Utilities with Natural Resources Consulting

    Pikes Peak WatershedLSD is part of a team of consultants selected to provide natural resources consulting services to Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). Previously, key LSD staff worked with CSU to develop a plan for public use in the Pike’s Peak watershed, an area that had been closed to use for over a century. The plan provided for recreational use combined with resource protection strategies and monitoring to assure that water quality and other important resource values were maintained and enhanced.
    LSD will provide similar services through this new contract with a focus on recreation and trails planning as well as the conduct of environmental assessments and related studies.

    CSU, a municipal utility, provides electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the Pikes Peak region.