Native vegetation, xeriscaping, sustainability, water reclamation and recycling, and a host of other concepts are driving the design and construction of residential, commercial, and governmental landscaping projects. This course looks at strategies for creating optimal sustainable landscapes and stormwater management systems to positively impact the built environment and undeveloped land (soil). The focus is on designing synergistic landscapes that achieve a variety of environmental benefits that go beyond surface management. Successful sustainable landscapes will also promote heat island reduction, reduce energy use, take advantage of rainwater, minimize stormwater runoff, and create aesthetically pleasing landscaping. There are numerous sustainable projects that are leading edge in the synergistic landscaping approach, and this course will look at some of the real world case studies.