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Presenter: Jan Degenshein and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: White Plains, NY

Crowne Plaza White Plains
66 Hale Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-682-0050

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm

Complying with Land Use Laws and Regulations
J. Degenshein

   Understanding origin and extent of government power to
      regulate land use – Home Rule
   Identifying regulatory bodies
   Obtaining and reviewing existing regulations
   Seeking zoning variances, rezoning and zone text amendments – Spot Zoning
   Reviewing land use regulatory processes

Understanding and Complying with Barrier-Free  
Requirements in outdoor spaces 
J. Degenshein

   Brief history of anti-discrimination 
   Americans with Disabilities Act
   International Building Code
   Current applications of accessibility
   Future implications – Aging in place

Complying with Natural Resource Protection Laws 
E.C. Murray

   Flood plains
   Critical areas
   Endangered species
   Enforcement mechanisms

Think Like a Bee:  
Creating Pollinator Habitat and Helping Pollinators
M. van Dyke

   How bees and other pollinators live their lives
      Bee biology and life cycle vs. butterfly biology and life cycle
   Planning your habitat and habitat management
      Plants for bees, flies and butterflies
       How to create pollinator habitat – amount and shape
      Always use native plant species
      Nesting considerations – life cycle considerations in plantings
      Landscape management plan
         How we manage habitat is as important as what we provide
      Resource competition
         Plants and pollinators that do and do not share space well
   Methods in making messy (natural) look attractive
   Implementing planting – Things to consider when planting
   Managing habitat – Management is key
   Ways to help pollinators
      Planning for management of landscapes
      Abundance and diversity of native plant species
      Problem with pesticides
      Problem with bee hotels

State and Federal Site Contamination Law
V. Treanor

   Discovering existing soil and/or groundwater contamination
   Understanding applicable rules and regulations
   Brownfield development

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Landscape Architects

Landscape Architects
     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 LA CES HSW PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to New York landscape architects.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this program for 7.0 HSW PDHs.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for landscape architects via its affiliation with the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System and the American Institute of Architects.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Jan Degenshein

Architect Planner PC, with offices in Nyack, NY and Norwalk, CT

Mr. Degenshein’s work product embraces universal, sustainable and resilient building design innovations for government, education, housing, group homes for the disabled, medical services, religious institutions, and the hospitality industry. As a professional planner, he has represented developers before land use boards, and on the other side of the table has provided planning oversight on behalf of municipalities. Mr. Degenshein has also furnished expert testimony on complex legal planning issues. He received a B.S. degree in Architectural Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and an M.S. degree in Planning concurrently from Pratt Institute, and a certificate in Advanced Building Technology from the City University of New York, where he also undertook post graduate studies in environmental psychology. He is LEED legacy accredited and is an emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects; a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners; a charter member of the American Planning Association; and a member of the Universal Design Network.

E. Christopher (Chris) Murray

Partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., in Uniondale, NY

Mr. Murray has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of complex commercial, environmental, real estate, brokerage commission, insurance, employment, civil rights, anti-trust and trademark litigation; as well as in commercial real estate and business transactions. He has presented programs before the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Planning Federation on land use litigation, employment practices and civil rights. Mr. Murray is also chair of the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. His experience includes litigation and administrative hearings involving a variety of environmental issues including SEQRA compliance, violations of New York and federal law concerning the disposal of hazardous waste, challenges to the denial of wetland permits and CERCLA liability. He also advises clients regarding compliance with environmental and zoning laws and regulations.

Victoria Shiah Treanor

Attorney with Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C., New York, NY

Ms. Treanor concentrates her practice on environmental law and litigation. She has represented clients concerning hazardous site investigation and remediation, brownfield redevelopment, litigation for the recovery of cleanup costs for hazardous wastes and petroleum contamination, state wetland permits, stormwater permits, and other issues. She has experience with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the New York State Navigation Law, common law claims for relief in environmental matters, and other laws. She has worked on complex multimillion-dollar lawsuits on behalf of corporate and government clients as well as lawsuits and regulatory matters on behalf of small businesses and individuals.

Maria van Dyke, M.S.

Research & Outreach, Department of Entomology, Cornell University

Ms. van Dyke is a plant and native bee ecologist focused on understanding the life histories of native bees in order to better provide them ideal habitats through conservation and restoration. She comes with several years of habitat restoration experience to draw on. Healthy native bee communities are heavily linked to the proximity of floral and nesting resources as well as their ability to deal with temperature and moisture in their nests. Bees are constantly making choices to this end. The pressures from pests, pathogens and land development in urban and rural landscapes are heavily impacting the choices bees and other pollinators have, and ultimately their health. Through outreach education Ms. van Dyke seeks to bridge the knowledge gap between research findings and the public, including policy makers, by increasing the understanding of native bee biology and ecology.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.