About Prof. Scott
Bio of Elizabeth Scott
Elizabeth (Beth) Scott, ASLA, most recently served as Landscape Architecture program chair at the University of Idaho and program coordinator at the Urban Design Center in Boise, where she collaborated with faculty in Architecture and Bioregional Planning to engage graduate students in urban design service learning and scholarship. Beth also has award winning professional practice experience with acclaimed landscape architecture firm Design Workshop, Inc. Her work includes directing research projects focusing on landscape systems within the urban context and visualization to support urban design and planning decisions. Areas of interest include human and ecological health in urban areas, alternative transportation systems, the transportation-land use nexus, and short- and long-range landscape change. Current interests focus on the social-ecological benefits of long-range regional open space planning, and its potential contributions to climate adaptation, particularly in the Des Plaines River watershed in northern Illinois.
MLA, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2005. Specialization: Design for Community Health
BLA summa cum laude, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2002.
BS Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1983. Specialization: Economic Geology
Certificates and Licenses: California Professional Geologist # 6751 (Active)
Research and publications
"Sustainable Solutions for Visitor Access at Yellowstone National Park: Exploring Transit Options for The Park’s Most Popular Destinations," with graduate student Mandi Roberts" with Mani Roberts, Landscape Research Record 8: 284 (2019). This paper proposed a plan for introducing a shuttle system into Yellowstone’s heavily visited and impacted Geyser Basin to reduce the negative impacts of the thousands of private vehicles accessing this extraordinary natural area every year.
"Avoiding Decline: Fostering Resilience and Sustainability in Midsize Cities," with colleagues working on the Idaho EPSCoR Managing Idaho's Landscapes for Ecosystem Services project and colleagues at the University of Nebraska, Sustainability, 8(9), 844 (2016). This paper explores why some cities end up on sustainable paths while others diverge to unsustainable paths, and how city planners and decision makers can use information about the resilience of midsize cities to transform them into long-term, sustainable social-ecological systems.