Get Outside: Taking Advantage of Your Outdoor Space with Smart, Sustainable Design

Energy ManagementAIA BOMI

* This course is also approved by GBCI for 1 CE Hour(s).

Outdoor spaces are transforming the way we live, work and play. Aside from the many health benefits that being outdoors can bring, people want to be productive outside—and spaces need a flexible design that can accommodate many activities. Whether visitors are catching up on work emails, posting on social media, gathering for picnics or watching a film on the lawn, outdoor spaces of the future will need connectivity, power, charging and other new technology to support continued engagement. 

To design an outdoor space that people actually use, employ a thoughtful design filled with practical yet inviting features. It’s much more than just setting up a picnic table. When it comes to outdoor spaces, small details can make the biggest difference. People are drawn to spaces where they can flexibly adjust the area to meet their needs. High performance building standards like LEED, WELL and SITES are incentivizing the creation of these spaces because of their positive health impacts. By offering engaging outdoor spaces as part of your commercial or educational plan, you’ll attract more traffic and more tenants. 

Learn how to design an outdoor space that keeps visitors coming back. We’ll walk through several options and give you a practical how-to plan that you can start right away. 

Course Tuition: Free

Learning Objectives:

  • Find out why outdoor spaces are important for everyone
  • Understand the current trends of commercial outdoor spaces and where the future is headed
  • Explore different features that you can use for inspiration or practical use
  • Create a realistic plan for your project, no matter how big or small
  • Understand the connection of productivity to the new outdoor spaces credit in SITES
  • Articulate the options available within the LEED, WELL, SITES programs that incentivize outdoor spaces

From Our Partner

Sabrina Snyder

Director of Product Marketing

Sabrina Snyder is a Director of Product Marketing for Legrand, specializing in new technologies, increasing indoor/outdoor productivity for facilities and innovations that maximize guest engagement in retail and hospitality spaces. Sabrina has a background in marketing communications and has been with Legrand for over 10 years.

Julia Farber

Sustainability Manager for Marketing and Research

Julia Farber is the Sustainability Manager for Marketing and Research at Legrand. In her role, she creates opportunities to share the Legrand sustainability story throughout the corporation. A WELL-AP and LEED Green Associate, Julia has been working in the green building and technology sectors for over 12 years, spending most of her experience working for Underwriters Laboratories and as a sustainability advisor and consultant to brand name companies like Google, Apple, Gap, General Mills, Avon and Del Monte Foods International. Last year, she co-developed a podcast called "Imagine If," a podcast featuring stories of teenagers across the country and their personal experiences with climate change, produced with the help of National Geographic and the North American Association for Environmental Education. Julia holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She volunteers locally with the health and wellbeing committee of the CTGBC, the University of Michigan alumni club and the Climate Reality Project.

Danielle Pieranunzi

SITES Program Specialist
Green Business Certifications, Inc. (GBCI)

Danielle Pieranunzi is the SITES Program Specialist at Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI). The SITES program integrates nature into our built environments with the ultimate goal of improving human health and well-being, enhancing ecosystem services and fostering resilience. At GBCI, Danielle focuses on various aspects of the SITES program from market development and certification services to educational offerings and technical solutions. Prior to GBCI, Danielle work at one of the three SITES founding organizations, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked with stakeholder organizations, over 50 technical experts (in soils, hydrology, vegetation, materials and human health/well-being) and numerous projects to develop comprehensive guidelines and performance-based metrics for sustainable sites. This work led to the development of the SITES v2 Rating System and accompanying Reference Guide, now administered by GBCI.