Receipt of water as a resource in any environment – a building, a site, a neighborhood, or a region -- will lead to superior function, economy, and the beautiful restoration of ecosystems. At CDF, our unique approach to planning and design is rooted in an appreciation that fresh water is a precious resource critical to all life.
CDF and its principals are recognized leaders in the evolution of “green” design and development practices. Through our built work, research, and outreach, CDF has been intimately involved in a widespread promotion of sustainable practices.
We are proud to have inspired a growing body of professionals, regulators, and business owners to incorporate sustainable practices into their projects.
CDF’s multi-disciplinary professional team includes landscape architects, planners, botanists, biologists, ecologists, civil engineers, hydrologists, artists, and craftsmen.
We expand our capabilities through routine collaboration with world-renowned practitioners. Their expertise includes green building, wastewater reuse, energy conservation, and community planning grounded in ecologically based New Urbanist principles.
Our patrons view’s are long-term, focused on the endurance of communities, the health of our economy, and the wellness of future generations.
Read more of the Founder's Inspirations (PDF)
A Natural Law
“Plants grow in habitats to which they are adapted. If one changes the habitat – one changes the inhabitants."
The Reith Village at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Site Inventory Assessment
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