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...PhilosophyCDF provides integrated water-based ecological design. Our collaborative process results in the enduring qualities of beauty, authenticity, and community—tailored to the unique attributes of people, place, and program. We Strive To:reconnect people to their place and... More>

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...News Conservation Design Forum is helping to create a renewed vision for Detroit's historic Palmer Park. More > Jim Patchett received the Christian Petersen Design Award from the Iowa State University College of Design, August 26, 2013. More >... More>

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...Events April 17, 2014 Tom Price will present a webinar on permeable pavement design for Water Star Wisconsin communities. More > February 18, 2014 Jim Patchett will present on integrated green infrastructure at the SavATree Seminar at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More >... More>

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...News July 18 AIA Northeast Stormwater event you don't want to miss! Tour the Elmhurst Quarry and hear from leading engineers about flooding.. Details here> Join our Team! CDF is hiring a part-time Office Manager. Details here> News Join our Team!... More>

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...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... More>

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...Guidelines and Technical Studies Ankeny, Iowa Growing Green Communities Alternatives Butterfield Creek Handbook of Sustainable Design Techniques Chicago Guide to Stormwater BMPs | PDF Chicago Wilderness Cost Analysis | PDF Conservation Development... More>

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...Green FeaturesThe Green Features presented in this section are multi-dimensional practices that meet traditional water quality and quantity standards outlined in many stormwater ordinances, as well as achieving planning, urban design, and landscaping objectives. The practices are designed to... More>

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...News 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 and older June 2016 Jim Patchett Presents to Presence Health Leaders on Sustainable Landscape Solutions June 27, 2016 Click here for more information. Jim Patchett to be Co-Speaker at USGBC... More>

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...Upcoming Events April 2014 Sustainable Strategies: Webinars for Wisconsin's Municipal Professionals Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00-1:00 pm Topic: Permeable Pavement Design for Stormwater Management Speaker: Tom Price, Principal Civil... More>

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...Grant Assistance Projects that incorporate green development strategies into site development and buildings are excellent candidates for a wide variety of public and private foundation funding. Our staff has extensive established networks with many of these entities and regularly... More>

Sustainable Sites Initiative

...Sustainable Sites Initiative The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to transform land... More>

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...Archive Events November Chicago Wilderness biennial Congress November 15, 2012 Location: The Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago, 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL More information October Cities Alive October 17-20, 2012 Location: Congress Hotel and... More>

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...Awards 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 2016 Illinois ASLA Honor Award Lake Ellyn Park Boathouse Glen Ellyn, Illinois American... More>

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...Services Provided CDF offers value through integrated design in any context: gardens, parks, yards, roads, parking lots, roofs, and any other place rainwater falls. Our staff of landscape architects, planners, engineers, and scientists allows us to provide complete design and engineering... More>

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... 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... More>

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...Services Provided CDF offers value through integrated design in any context: gardens, parks, yards, roads, parking lots, roofs, and any other place rainwater falls. Our staff of landscape architects, planners, engineers, and scientists allows us to provide complete design and engineering... More>

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...Principals James Patchett FASLA, RLA, LEED AP Founder more > Gerould Wilhelm Ph.D. Principal Botanist/Ecologistmore > Thomas Price P.E.Principal Civil Engineer/Hydrologistmore > Jason Cooper RLA, LEED APPrincipal... More>

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...Team James Patchett, Founding Partner Tom Price, Principal Civil Engineer/Hydrologist, Partner Jason Cooper, Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, Partner Gerould Wilhelm, Principal Ecologist CDF staff includes landscape architects, planners, environmental scientists,... More>

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...James Patchett FASLA, RLA, LEED AP Founder and President James Patchett, founder and president of Conservation Design Forum (CDF), is widely recognized as one of the nation's leaders in the promotion of sustainable land planning and design. Jim applies his training and experience... More>

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... next > James Patchett (630) 559-2025 jpatchett@cdfinc.com Education University of Michigan Ph.D. Pre-Candidate, School of Natural Resources, 1984-86 Iowa State University M.S. Civil Engineering, Major: Water Resources, 1985 M.L.A.... More>

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...Gerould Wilhelm Ph.D. Principal Botanist/Ecologist Biographical Narrative by James Patchett When I first met Jerry in the late 1980’s, I was already familiar with his reputation as a foremost botanist, research taxonomist, and educator. He co-authored, through years of... More>

Gerould Wilhelm

...< previous | next > Gerould Wilhelm (630) 640-1402 GWilhelm@cdfinc.com Education Southern Illinois University Ph.D. Botany, 1984 Dissertation: Vascular Plants of the Pensacola Region Florida State University B.S. Biology, Minor in Chemistry,... More>

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...Thomas Price P.E. Principal Civil Engineer/Hydrologist Biographical Narrative by James Patchett Prior to joining CDF in the summer of 2000, Tom had spent the previous decade working for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) as a civil/ hydrologist and Senior Engineer in... More>

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...< previous Thomas Price (630) 559-2004 tprice@cdfinc.com Education University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI M.S. Civil Engineering, 1985 Urban Hydrology, Stormwater Management, Rainfall Runoff Modeling University of Wisconsin - Madison,... More>

Bioswales and Rain Gardens

...Bioswales and Raingardens Parkway rain gardens, tree wells, and planter boxes can be designed as vegetated stormwater bioretention features that convey, retain, cool, and cleanse stormwater before being discharged to sewer systems or nearby water bodies. They are installed in... More>

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...ResourcesAs part of our collaborative planning and design process, we use and share a broad array of resources. This page contains links to various publications, completed and adopted green policies and guidelines, lectures and learning opportunities, and other information our colleagues... More>

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...Publications Articles | Books Articles BMP (Best Management Practices) Strategies for Aesthetic Design and Public Acceptance | LINK by Water Environmental Research Foundation (WERF) Webcast, November 2006. James Patchett, along with several other national experts in BMP... More>

Conservation Research Institute

...Conservation Research Institute Conservation Research Institute is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to furthering applied research and educational opportunities in planning, design, installation, restoration, and long-term management of sustainable ecological systems in... More>

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...Employment Conservation Design Forum is not currently seeking new staff but is always interested in seeing new talent. Please send you resume to mhegarty@cdfinc.com if you'd like your qualifications to be kept on file for future... More>

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...Contact Us Lombard 403 West St. Charles RoadLombard, IL 60148 Phone: (630) 559-2000 Fax: (630) 559-2030 E-mail: General Inquiries:info@cdfinc.com Accounting:accounting@cdfinc.com... More>

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...USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) The following CDF projects were designed according to LEED guidelines and either have, or are expected to receive a LEED certification upon completion of construction and commissioning. CDF is a proud member of the... More>

Sustainable Sites Initiative

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...Clients and Collaborators At CDF we have the privilege to serve a broad array of individuals, firms, private organizations and public entities. Our clients seek high quality, integrated solutions for their projects. Waukegan Downtown... More>

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...Architecture & Engineering Firms BNIM Caerulean Collaborative Engberg Anderson Design, Inc. Farr Associates Gensler HDRMcBride Kelley Baurer Landon Bone Baker Archtiects MWH Americas OWP/P Architecture OPN Architects Morrison Katman Menze Inc.MWH Americas Primera Quinn Evans... More>

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... “Healthy restored landscapes provide strong function mechanisms for rain water uptake, and control of heat islands. This understanding comes as a result of hearing Jim Patchett lecture, visiting CDF’s project sites and reading their writing." ... More>

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... “Water is a resource, not a waste product.” Patchett and Wilhelm Ecology and Culture of Water ... More>

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... Annunciation Parish Landscape Master Plan Dailey Road, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians... More>

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... “The universal rainwater doctrine of collect, convey, and discharge waters to neighbors downstream is why we are running out of water, afflicted with costly floods, and must endure polluted lakes, streams, and seas and loss of biodiversity.”... More>

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Green Roofs

...Green Roofs Vegetated roof system designed to retain, slow, cool, and cleanse rainwater runoff on the top of buildings. Green roofs are generally planted with drought tolerant vegetation. The soil and vegetation evaporate and transpire precipitation to the atmosphere.... More>

Green Roofs

... < Previous | Next > “Of all of the possible benefits provided by ecological green roofs, I believe the greatest in many cases is their potential to enhance healthy human habitat and create real estate value in urban settings, which is seldom discussed.”... More>

Porous Pavements

...Porous Pavements Permeable or perforated paving materials or pavers with spaces between pavers allow transmission of water to an aggregate base, reducing runoff volume and improving water quality. Runoff is temporarily stored in the base and slowly evaporated and released to storm... More>

Porous Pavements

... < Previous | Next > “Permeable interlocking pavement systems are superior pavement solutions, especially in cold-weather climates, and offer multiple benefits as part of an integrated site design.” David Yocca ... More>

Native Landscape Systems

...Native Landscape Systems Establishment of native vegetation in landscaped areas is often a component of other stormwater best management practices such as filter strips, bioretention features, and green roofs. Deep root systems (3 to 10 feet or more) help filter and absorb... More>

Native Landscape Systems

... < Previous | Next > “Native landscaping is not a no or low maintenance solution – it is timely stewardship.” James Patchett Evelyn P. Tyner Interpretive Center ... More>

Rain Water Harvesting and Reuse

...Rain Water Harvesting and Reuse Downspouts from roof runoff, which is typically routed into sewer system, can be directed into a vessel specially designed to capture and temporarily store rainwater for various uses, including greywater reuse and landscape irrigation.... More>

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