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Newsletter | Jan/Feb 2010


Meet Our New Steering Committee Members


Leslie Golden, ASLA, LEED AP and Rainwater Catchment Accredited Professional, will provide an overview of Rainwater Catchment Systems and a case study of their current project for the Claremont Middle School, Oakland Unified School District. Issues and lessons learned will be discussed. Come and learn how to incorporate rainwater and grey water into your next project.

Leslie Golden, ASLA, LEED AP is an award-winning licensed landscape architect with a masters in architecture. Founded in 1989, Golden Associates, Landscape Architects specializes in urban design, gateways, streetscapes, civic developments, creek restoration, parks, multi-unit development and master planning. As responsible stewards of our environment, Sustainable Landscape Solutions and Best Management Practices have been an integral component of their work. Golden Associates is known for innovative and sustainable landscape solutions which conserve our limited resources and minimize long term operating costs. Ms. Golden has provided lectures on drought tolerant planting and Low Impact Development to Developers and City Officials to promote responsible development.

Ms. Golden is a Rain Water Catchment Accredited Professional from the American Rainwater Catchment Association. Her office is currently working on the Claremont Middle School with a $700,000 grant from the Department of Fish and Game to provide sustainable green solutions and improve the environs for the students. The project currently includes the design of a double 20,000 gallon subsurface rainwater catchment system, a “green-living” wall and bio-swales.


Gilda Puente-Peters is considered an expert in the field of access compliance and Universal Design not only in California but also internationally. Ms. Puente-Peters served as a Subject Matter Expert in the development of the California Access Specialist Program (CASp) committee for the Division of the State Architect. She has been giving presentations and workshops on comprehensive approach to a public entity’s access compliance program. Gilda's workshops serve not only persons with disabilities, but all of us who can benefit from the improved usability and safety that accessible and universal design provides.

There are several issues to consider when establishing an access compliance program. There is the awareness and sensitivity of staff and the general public regarding the needs of people with various types of disabilities: not only mobility but also hearing, visual, cognitive and other sensory disabilities.

Staff training is also an integral part of GPPA’s services. Customized training provides administrators, teachers, facility and maintenance staff with the knowledge and tools needed to successfully implement the different aspects of a comprehensive access compliance program

Gilda and her company have worked for over 20 years, assisting school districts and other public entities with their planning and educational work. She evaluates District’s existing facilities and develops or updates the ADA-mandated Transition Plans and Self-evaluation reports; these are comprehensive and user friendly financial planning tools that provide a road map for compliance.


Joanne Chow Winship is providing project management services to the City and County of San Francisco. She coordinated the Juvenile Probation Department's efforts in planning, design development, and construction management for the new Juvenile Hall facility and transition phase operations, and for the Youth Guidance Center and La Honda campus capital projects.

Joanne is the former Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission and former executive director of the Vermont Council on the Arts, a state agency. Her work in the arts focused on the development of the arts in communities through the establishment of the Cultural Equity Grants program, arts education initiatives, design arts institutes and new works programs. Prior to arts administration, she worked in architecture and construction management on projects ranging from state capital master planning, urban housing, and transit systems to educational and correctional facilities.

She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Science from the Arthur D. Little School of Management in Cambridge, and is a registered architect in California and Vermont.