Conser-vision — the CDF Blog

In conjunction with our 20th anniversary, Conservation Design Forum is pleased to launch a new informational blog about environmental design and sustainable development as an enhancement to our website.

Since our founding in 1994, CDF has pioneered efforts to restore natural systems and processes in the everyday places where we live, work, play and learn - for the mutual well-being of people, our communities and the environment. more

  • Green Roof Study Confirms Stormwater and Savings Benefits...Read more>
  • Video - Green Infrastructure Protects Great Lakes ...Read more>
  • Stormwater Performance Metrics Key to Green Roof Implementation...Read more>
  • Chicago's Wild Places Featured in New Book...Read more>
  • Safer Alternatives to Coal Tar Asphalt Sealants...Read more>
  • Park District Breaks Ground on Jewel of Glen Ellyn Master Plan...Read more>
  • Chicago River Master Plan ...Read more>
  • Elgin Community College Builds Public Safety Training Center...Read more>
  • Creative Assets Attract New Development in Downtown Ann Arbor ...Read more>
  • David Yocca Speaking at MI Green Infrastructure Conference...Read more>
  • CDF & Stantec Team on Michigan Trail System Project...Read more>
  • Walkable Urban Centers See Rise in Real Estate Demand...Read more>
  • Green Infrastructure Plan Pivotal to Economic Development...Read more>
  • Lohr-Textile Section of Michigan Greenway Trail Opens to Public...Read more>
  • Nature 3X Symposium Asks Where is Nature Now...Read more>
  • Book Celebrates FPDCC Trailside Museum & Legend of Virginia Moe...Read more>
  • Design for Tuthill Headquarters Achieves SITES Certification...Read more>
  • Space to Grow's Sustainable Campus & Playground Renewal...Read more>
  • Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church Master Plan...Read more>
  • Researchers & Designers Team Up on Landscape Case Studies...Read more>
  • Green Streets Pilot Project in Iowa Wins Best Development Award...Read more>
  • Chicago Wilderness Hosts Sixth Biennial Wild Things Conference...Read more>
  • Openlands Lakeshore Preserve...Read more>
  • Route 47 Kishwaukee River Corridor Plan...Read more>
  • Chicago City Hall Green Roof...Read more>
  • Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve...Read more>
  • Tuthill Corporate Headquarters and Training Facility...Read more>

Landscape Architecture • Planning

Civil / Water Resources Engineering

Sustainable Urbanism • Ecosystem Sciences


our philosophy

Based in the Great Lakes region, we see water as the most influential element in the landscape – guiding our approach to site design and resource management. Inspired by its innate beauty and regard for its power, we integrate design and engineering to engage natural water cycles resulting in public and private spaces that are ecologically resilient, appealing, and dynamic. For more than 20 years, Conservation Design Forum has been at the forefront of the ecological design movement implementing technologies and principles that have helped shape and influence public perception and policy regarding land use, preservation, restoration, and the benefits of mobilizing natural systems.


The Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) is hosting a Green Infrastructure Seminar November 7th. CDF's Principal Engineer, Tom Price, PE to present Chicago Public School's Space to Grow program. Registration Deadline is Friday November 2nd. 
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EWRI Event

Registration is still open for the Central Iowa Green Infrastructure Conference! Keynote speakers include CDF's very own Jim Patchett. 

CDF welcomes you to come meet our partner "The Conservation Foundation" at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse on July 26th, 5:30-7:30. 645 Lenox Road in Glen Ellyn - RSVP here to Scott LaMorte
Event Invite
CDF Founder, Jim Patchett, to teach "Practical Site Engineering: Science and Techniques" Seminar in Johnston, Iowa. Wed. June 27th.
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As the firm enters its 25th year we are pleased to announce Tom Price, PE is named Managing Partner, and Jason Cooper is promoted to Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning. 
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Tyner Interpretive Center and Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie Case Study Investigation (CSI) is launched!   
CDF worked with the Landscape Architecture Foundation to prepare the CSI for our project. 
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Happy Earth Day! 
Celebrate Earth Day with CDF this Sunday April 22nd at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn, IL. We invite you to come hear CDF's Jonathan Lawrence at 1:30 as he leads a tour of this breathtaking sustainable park! 
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CDF Principal Landscape Architect, Jason Cooper will be presenting at the IL Institute of Technology's Armour College of Engineering - Construction Site Operation course on Friday March 2, 2018. The lecture will focus on green roof design and benefits. 


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David Yocca will be speaking about Green Roof Design
at the Detroit Local Market Symposium Friday December 1st. 

Detroit Symposium


David Yocca and Jonathan Lawrence will be celebrating with our Client Vital Farms at the October 18th ribbon cutting and official opening of Egg Central Station - their premiere egg washing and packing facility in Springfield, MO.


James Patchett will be presenting "Gray vs. Green: The West Union Story 5 Years Later" at the Upper Mississippi River Conference in Moline, IL on October 11th.

Upper Miss River Conf


Mark you calendar for Thursday Sept 7th, 5:30-7:30 pm. We hope to see you at this "Meet the Conservation Foundation" event - a free after hours get together in downtown Lombard. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. RSVP to
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The Conservation Foundation is leading the "Beyond the Basics Stormwater Management Field Tour" on August 23rd. Consider joining CDF in the field as we lead tours of 2 of our innovative school projects: Herget Middle School in Aurora and Chicago Public School's Grissom Elementary School which is part of the "Space to Grow" program.
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CDF is excited to announce we entered into a formal collaboration with Biohabitats, Inc., to better serve our clients throughout the western Great Lakes and upper Midwest.
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CDF Principal David Yocca will be presenting at the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference in Detroit, MI. 
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Lake Ellyn Boathouse wins Illinois ASLA Honor Award


Space to Grow partners win national Green Infrastructure Award
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CDF Principals David Yocca and Thomas Price will be presenting at the 2016 StormCon Conference




CDF Founder Jim Patchett Honored as Guest Speaker at Olmsted Society Annual Meeting

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Legat Architects and CDF Complete Largest Outdoor Renewable Energy Training Field in the U.S.

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New IBEW Training Facility in Alsip, Illinois to train electricians on how to use the latest sustainable technologies

CDF Landscape Architect Recognized in LAM for Urban Stormwater Pilot Project

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Westchester Public Library Parking Lot Ribbon Cutting - 6/27/15

Municipal "Green Streets" Redevelopment Project Wins 2015 Iowa ASLA Award

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Plan for Public Lands Earns Illinois ASLA Award for CDF

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Conservation Design Forum's feasibility study and plan for the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve has been recognized with an achievement award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Tuthill Corporate Headquarters Becomes Second Project in Illinois to Receive SITES Certification

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Tuthill Corporate Headquarters, designed by Conservation Design Forum, received SITES certification.

Municipal "Green Streets" Pilot Project in Iowa Wins Best Development Award

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