Lady Bird Johnson Ecosystem Design Group helps to merge the science of sustainable landscapes into the practice of landscape design.
The Ecosystem Design Group brings scientific research, education and application to the design and planning of sustainable landscapes. Our team works with architects, landscape architects, engineers and multi-disciplinary design teams to optimize the ecological, environmental and sociological function of landscapes. Our experience in scientific research, environmental design, and professional and university education positions our group at the forefront of urban environmental issues and provides the foundation for our fee-based consulting services.
Consulting services reflect best practices from the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™). Dr. Mark Simmons, has participated in the development of the SITES™ rating system since its inception.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s mission is to advance the sustainable use of plants in the landscape. As an organized research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, the Design Group contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge of green roofs, sustainable turfgrass, low impact development (storm water), native ecosystem restoration, invasive species management, roadside revegetation and urban-wildland interface fire ecology.