The Renewable Energy Landscape - Double Award-Winning Book

The Renewable Energy Landscape: Preserving Scenic Values in our Sustainable Future has been awarded the 2017 EDRA Great Places Award (Research Category) and the Award of Excellence in the Communications category in the 2017 Vermont ASLA Awards Program.

The Great Places Award (Research Category) seeks to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research and practice; and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is enduring, human-centered, sustainable, and concerned with the experiential relationship between people and their environment (built and natural) over time.

The Award of Excellence (Communications category) in the 2017 Vermont ASLA Awards Program was given in recognition of the important analysis contained within the book. It was noted as "an extremely important work on a most pressing issue of our time, lead by Landscape Architects. It is objective in its presentation and will promote deeper understanding with students first, then spread into the broader community".

The Renewable Energy Landscape: Preserving Scenic Values in our Sustainable Future is a definitive guide to understanding, assessing, avoiding, and minimizing scenic impacts as we transition to a more renewable energy future. It focuses attention, for the first time, on the unique challenges solar, wind, and geothermal energy will create for landscape protection, planning, design, and management. Read more...

"Instrumental reading for those that want an energy future that is not only sustainable and affordable, but inclusive and just. If we are to achieve public support for a sustainable energy future, we must minimize natural public resistance to change. This book shows how to do it."

- Benjamin K. Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex, UK and Editor in Chief for the Journal of Energy Research & Social Science

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  • The Renewable Energy Landscape

    Preserving Scenic Values in our Sustainable Future, 1st Edition

    Edited by Dean Apostol, James Palmer, Martin Pasqualetti, Richard Smardon, Robert Sullivan

    Winner of the 2017 EDRA Great Places Award (Research Category) Winner of the 2017 VT ASLA Chapter Award of Excellence (Communications Category) The Renewable Energy Landscape is a definitive guide to understanding, assessing, avoiding, and minimizing scenic impacts as we transition to a more…

    Hardback – 2016-08-26

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About the Editors

Dean Apostol is Senior Landscape Architect and Restoration Ecologist for the consulting firm MIG Inc.. He researches, consults, and does environmental analysis on energy projects and aesthetic impacts.

James Palmer has had a distinguished professional career in landscape architecture spanning thirty-five years, focusing on the assessment of landscape character and aesthetic quality. He frequently consults on wind energy aesthetic impacts in the Northeast.

Martin Pasqualetti is Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, USA, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. For over forty years, he has been examining the relationships between energy and environment.

Richard Smardon is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, USA, and has a wealth of experience with visual impact assessment methodology development, project management, and has testified in over fifteen cases with visual impact assessment issues.

Robert Sullivan is an environmental scientist in Argonne National Laboratory's Environmental Science Division, USA. He conducts research on the visual impacts of fossil fuel and renewable energy systems, and develops guidance documents for federal agencies on visual resource inventory, management, and protection.