Staff Member Stuart Weinreb Wins National Landscape Architecture Award
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—A national professional organization that promotes “careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments” has honored Stuart Weinreb, Mass Audubon’s Director of Capital Assets and Planning.
As part of its 2013 Honors, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has bestowed its prestigious LaGasse Medal upon Weinreb, “for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes.” In honoring him, the Society noted how throughout his career Weinreb has “applied his landscape architecture skills to protect, enhance, and manage natural and cultural resources for public benefit and enjoyment.”
Weinreb oversees planning and construction of major Mass Audubon sanctuary projects, with an emphasis on energy conservation and sustainability. Previously, he worked as a landscape architect in the private sector before spending 17 years with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management.
The LaGasse Medals are named for the late ASLA executive director Alfred B. LaGasse, who throughout his lifetime promoted the proper management of the nation's public lands and the judicious use of the country's natural resources.
“I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with many extraordinary individuals to protect and enhance a number of significant sites in Massachusetts,” Weinreb said. “And I’m deeply gratified to have helped facilitate appreciation, accessibility, and interpretation of these important landscapes for the general public. This recognition by the ASLA is a great honor.”
Mass Audubon President Henry Tepper lauded Weinreb as an ideal recipient of the LaGasse Award.
“This is a well-deserved an honor for Stu, who throughout his career has sought to manage projects that fit within their natural surroundings, to the benefit of both landscapes and people,” Tepper said. “And Mass Audubon is indeed fortunate to have him helping advance our green building and related sustainability initiatives.”
Weinreb will be presented his award at ASLA’s Annual Meeting and Expo, to be held in Boston November 15-18.
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.