Lauren Delbridge, 2017 National Olmsted Scholar and 2017 Virginia Tech Landscape Architecture Graduate, selected for the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership with her amazing senior thesis project 'Coal Ash Ponds and Designed Remediation'.
She was also awarded National Olmsted Scholar award with her senior thesis in 2017.
Coal Ash Ponds and Designed Remediation
Lauren will continue her thesis explorations at Virginia Tech to explore the future of coal ash ponds and research successfully remediated wastescapes in the U.S. and abroad. Lauren plans to collect precedent case studies through the documentation of site visits, discussions with stakeholders, and the collection and study of existing remediation strategies. Lauren looks forward to the support of the fellowship cohort to help her develop and refine a strategy for further research on disturbed sites. Participation in the fellowship will be valuable in guiding her research and building her leadership skills to allow her to propel her advocacy work from academia into the public realm.