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Determining the effectiveness of the water conservation implementations within the City of Tempe's neighborhood grant program

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Two large sectors of water consumption within cities are: city owned irrigated landscape (such as parks) and household consumption. A related, third sector of consumption that has very little research behind it is shared landscapes in residential communities. Neighborhood communities,

Two large sectors of water consumption within cities are: city owned irrigated landscape (such as parks) and household consumption. A related, third sector of consumption that has very little research behind it is shared landscapes in residential communities. Neighborhood communities, including those with formal Homeowner’s Associations and informal Neighborhood Associations, have common landscapes they are responsible for up-keeping and irrigating. 208 neighborhood communities exist within the City of Tempe. Each year the city provides $30,000 in grant funding to these 208 neighborhoods to implement water conservation projects. This thesis focuses on ten neighborhoods who had applied and were granted funding to implement a conservation project between the years 2011 and 2016. My findings showed that this program has not been effective in reducing water consumption, wither due to the lack of implementation or the small-scale of the projects. From my research and synthesis, I suggest a layer of accountability be added to the program to ensure projects are effective and participants are implementing their projects and that the program is effective overall. This study provides the City of Tempe with relevant and viable information to aid management of water consumption and conservation within neighborhoods.

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Designing a Greenspace

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Through the course of this project, I worked to redesign an underused and conveniently located space on the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in such a way as to bring the benefits of nature to students spending time on-campus. This

Through the course of this project, I worked to redesign an underused and conveniently located space on the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in such a way as to bring the benefits of nature to students spending time on-campus. This paper outlines how I used the ideas behind biophilia and sensory gardens to provide visitors to the space the wholesome experience of nature in the small area of my selected location.It walks through the design process from site selection to the final planting plan, which considers not only the physical requirements of the plants but also their contribution to the space. I separated the chosen space into five distinct zones, each with their own purpose. Due to time constraints, I only produced planting and hardscape plans for three
of the five spaces. In redesigning this space, I placed emphasis on utilizing some methods for passive cooling and heating to preserve a comfortable environment throughout the year with minimal energy usage. These methods include protecting visitors from intense eastern, western, and overhead sun during the warmer months and using thermal masses to absorb heat during the day. For the landscape design component, I found plants whose colors, textures, and smells suited the purpose of each space and arranged them in such a way as to maximize the positive sensory effects of the plants. Because color in the
landscape was an essential component in parts of the design, I focused on providing yearlong color by staggering the bloom periods of different plants. In doing this, I devised a system to visually represent the bloom period of any given plant within the landscape plan. Finally, I generated a rough cost estimate for the materials needed to construct the site according to my hardscape and landscape plans.

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