Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Community Development and Applied Economics

Thesis Type

Honors College

First Advisor

Stephanie Hurley


landscape design, stormwater design, urban heat islands, urban development


Urbanization of the world and the United States has been rapidly increasing throughout the last few decades. The effects of this have been detrimental to environmental and human health. Contaminants course through drinking water and aquatic ecosystems, while rising urban temperatures can cause heat stress on plants, animals, and people. The goals of this project are to analyze two parking lot sites in Burlington, Vermont and re-design them. The re-designs aim to improve stormwater runoff rates and filtration and reduce the urban heat island effect, while also increasing biodiversity of each site. This project reviewed relevant literature on pollution in stormwater, heat island effects on ecosystem health, and solutions to these issues. Several multifunctional solutions that integrate urban biodiversity into conceptual and schematic designs for each site were developed. Planting plans and section drawings were also developed to illustrate stormwater management and filtration systems on each site.

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