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Introduction to Conservation Design

COURSE NO: C08-005
Introduction to Conservation Design
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the reader to the principles and practices of conservation design.


Development inevitably causes some degree of disturbance and compaction of the soil, the loss of vegetation density, impacts to natural habitats and the creation of impervious surfaces.  All too often ordinances requirements result in a site layout that does not take into consideration the most valuable aspects of a site.  Water quality, habitat, and critical ecological features can be lost if sites are fit to a development, rather than fitting a development to a site.


Conservation design is a site development strategy that takes into consideration the most valuable features of the natural landscape, while still allowing equivalent development density.  Conservation design focuses on the grouping of building sites thereby allowing for the preservation of green corridors, valuable natural resources, and the avoidance of ecologically sensitive areas. Conservation design typically results in projects that are better for the environment, as well as providing additional economic and quality of life benefits.  For these reasons conservation design is gaining popularity.


This 8 PDH online course is applicable to practicing engineers, contractors, developers, regulators, and all other personnel involved with site development.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding what conservation design is
  • Understanding the benefits of conservation design
  • Learning ways conservation design can be integrated into local plans and ordinances
  • Learning the principals and practices for conservation design
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the "Conservation Design Resource Manual" published by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission and Chicago Wilderness. 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to Conservation Design (3.1 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to earn 8 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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