CeCe was the project manager for the 2-Star SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative) Hempstead Plains Pilot Project (NY) that contributed to the development of the SITES rating system for landscape sustainability.
CeCe’s design practice integrates native plantings, green infrastructure, materials re-use, and organic practices into traditional garden design. In addition to projects that included successful meadow restorations and rain gardens, as a LEED AP landscape architect, CeCe designed a green roof and native planting for a multi-residence LEED platinum project in Brooklyn, NY.
“SITES is a great vehicle not only for landscape architects but architects to further sustainability outside the building’s skin. Instead of only conserving landscapes, SITES aids in rehabilitating landscapes that have been degraded by development. Sustainable landscapes improve resilience to climate change effects, as well as reduce pollution and the urban heat island effect. Improving biodiversity and increasing pollination are additional goals of SITES.”
CeCe spoke at the Canada Green Building Council Annual Meeting: “Building Lasting Change 2016” about the SITES rating system, which included a global audience. She continues to be an active SITES speaker at colleges, national conferences and webinars. Her article titled “Set Your SITES: What to Know About the new Global Rating System” was published in Construction Specifier magazine.
CeCe is nationally known for her distinguished historic garden lectures (New York Botanical Garden, Princeton University, Philadelphia Horticultural Society, The Four Arts Society (FL) The Garden Conservancy, Beatrix Farrand Society). She is a vice-president of Planting Fields Foundation, New York, a trustee of the International Council of the Preservation Society of Newport, and an officer and past co-chair of the ASLA Sustainable Design and Development Professional group.