Sustainability + Land Architecture

Stepping Stones received a 2014 Honor Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Aris Stalis was the Principal in charge, providing landscape architectural services for expansion of a highly successful cultural institution of Connecticut. Located within the historic Mathews Park, the project strives to create an interactive, thought provoking learning environment for children, along with a strategy for sustainable design.


Program features enhance storm water treatment through the development of rain gardens, along with a pathway of planting designs for a continual learning experience. During the expansion, the Museum capitalized on opportunities to broaden the number of experiences interacting with the site's outdoor areas, while also increasing the connectivity to the surrounding community.


As LEED Gold Certified, the Museum strives to educate children and adults alike about the importance for us to care for our environments. The Project received a 2011 Green Advocate Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the Green Building Council.


  • Low Impact Drainage strategies
  • Rain Gardens
  • Green Roof
  • Pervious Pavements
  • Native Plant Designs
  • Solar Energy Designs