PSE Workshop: Victoria Chanse, Department of Plant Science and Landscape, UMD
My research and teaching address cross-disciplinary dimensions to civic engagement in design and planning. My work focuses on participatory, community-based approaches to develop local responsive designs that consider community needs and landscape changes under different scenarios of sea level rise and stormwater management. Past and current projects have faced critical environmental concerns: design and planning adaptations to sea level change, the use of green infrastructure in addressing stormwater issues, and engaging communities in addressing both equity and environmental problems. Current research includes 1) advancing the understanding of transdisciplinary dimensions to sea level change design and planning responses on Maryland's Eastern shore and 2) community-based participatory research in local watersheds.
Prior to moving to Maryland, I taught at Clemson University in South Carolina. Past collaborative projects in South Carolina include the Sand River Restoration project and the Sand River Headwaters Green Infrastructure project(link is external). This latter project was accepted into the 2010 Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM Pilot Program. At Clemson, landscape architecture graduate and undergraduate students developed projects that include civic engagement and participatory design approaches with neighborhoods of North Charleston, SC. This work was part of an award-winning collaboration that was recognized by the 2009 U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award.