Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Committee Chair(s)

David Evans (Chair)


David Evans


Ole Sleipness


Jeff Zimmermann


The Earth is experiencing climatic changes globally, influencing issues such as reduced water availability, loss of native habitats for flora and fauna, increased resource demand and consumption by humans, continued dependency on carbon-based energy, rapid population growth and rising global temperatures. In order to combat and mitigate these issues, changes to our design habits will be required. Historically, golf courses have been viewed negatively with regard to environmental impacts, due to excessive water use, reliance on herbicides and pesticides and the carbon footprint associated with mowing. However, recent studies have shown that golf courses have the potential to positively impact their environment by recreating native habitats and providing on-site stormwater management to reduce water needs (Kohler, Poole, Reicher, & Turco, 2004) (Hodgkison, Hero, & Warnken, 2007). Recent changes in the culture of golf course management have led to a shift toward becoming environmental stewards. One of the areas most affected by climate changes is the Upper Mountain/West region that includes Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming.