Charlene  LeBleu

Charlene LeBleu

Associate Professor

305 Dudley Hall

Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: 334-844-0192

Master of Landscape Architecture, Auburn University
Master of Community Planning, Auburn University
Bachelor of Science: Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida

Charlene M. LeBleu is an Associate Professor of the Landscape Architecture Program at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA. Her primary areas of interest and research have been focused on green building and water quality issues, especially issues related to low impact development design. She a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA).

Professor LeBleu has shown exceptional public service and leadership working with regional partners and city planning commissions on projects such as, the Auburn, AL Boykin Community Center Green for Life! Low Impact Development Demonstration Site ; the Mobile, AL Green Streets Initiative; Determining the Role of Headwater Wetlands for Water Quality Improvement in Coastal Alabama; and the Low Impact Development (LID) Handbook for State of Alabama.  She has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in university, town, state and national affairs as well as in our national professional and academic organizations.  

Selected Funded Academic Research
FY2015  Retzlaff, R. & C. LeBleu (50%). Co-PI. “Advancing Coastal Marine Planning in Alabama.” $43,879. Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. June 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015. 

FY2014  LeBleu, C. (Supporting), Grant, "Urban Sustainability Accelerator for Auburn, AL", The Summit Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. $18,000.00. June 2014 - May 2015).

FY2012  Hayworth, J., Clement, P., Anderson, B. & C. LeBleu   Co-PI.  “Administrative and Technical Support in Evaluating Public Input on Potential Enhancements to the State Solid Waste Program.” Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).  $496,826. April 2012 – June 2014.

FY2012  C. Anderson, L. Kalin, C. LeBleu   Co-PI.  “Determining the Role of Headwater Wetlands for Water Quality Improvement in Coastal Alabama, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.  $330,976.  Feb 2012 – Jan 2015.

FY2011  C. LeBleu, B. Smith, M. Dougherty, and J. Vasconcelos. Co-PI. “Scope of Work and Budget for the Property of the Alabama Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America in Russell County, Alabama.” $317,041. Dec. 2011 – Jan 2014.

FY2011  W. Deutsch, E. Brantley, and  C. LeBleu . Co-PI. Implementation of Phase 2 of the Saugahatchee Watershed Management Plan (SWaMP)—Low Impact Development (LID) Manual for State of Alabama. ADEM Clean Water Act Section 319(h).  $140,944. Dec 2010 – Nov. 2013.

FY2011  Amy Wright and C. LeBleu (Co-PI). “Utilizing Greywater for Landscape and Green Roof Irrigation.” Section 194, Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to the Alabama Water Resources Research Institute (AWRRI). $58,043. March 2011 – Feb 2012. 

Selected Publications
Bell, Carla. Space Unveiled: Invisible Cultures in the Design Studio.  Book Chapter. “In Situ: Diversifying Design Education through Green for Life! -- a Community Based Environmental Research, Education and Outreach Project” by Rebecca ONeal Dagg and Charlene LeBleu. Routledge Publications, Abingdon, Oxon, UK. 2014 ASIN: B00MBIGT18

Gifford, James and Gabrielle Zezulka-Maillox.  Culture + The State Landscape & Ecology: Critical Works from the World Congress of Culture and State, Vol. 1.  "A River Runs Through It No More: Evaluating the Human-Nature Relationship of the Urban Stream, " by Charlene LeBleu. CRC Humanities Studio Publishers. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 2003. ISBN 1-55195-139-8

Hayworth, J., Clement, P., LeBleu, C. (25%), Anderson, B. “Administrative & Technical Support in Evaluating Public Input on Potential Enhancements to the State Solid Waste Program— Phase II. Framework for Changing Alabama’s Approach to Solid Waste Management. November 2014.  

Hayworth, J., Clement, P., LeBleu, C. (25%), Anderson, B. “Administrative & Technical Support in Evaluating Public Input on Potential Enhancements to the State Solid Waste Program—Phase I Potential Enhancements to the Alabama Solid Waste Landfill Permiting Process” May 2013.

LeBleu, C. (50%; presenting author) and Rebecca Retzlaff. "Integrating Marine Spatial Planning and Land Use Planning: Lessons Learned from The Peninsula in Mobile, Alabama" in Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference, 03/25/15 – 03/28/15. Landscape Research Record IV (peer reviewed).

LeBleu, C. (50%; presenting author) and R. Retzlaff, “Ecosystem-Based Marine Spatial Planning assessing methods used to evaluate the balance of ecological concerns with human use.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference, 03/26/14 - 03/30/14. Landscape Research Record II (peer reviewed).

Dylewski, Katie L., Amy N. Wright, and Charlene LeBleu. Effects of Previous Flood Exposure on Flood Tolerance and Growth of Three Landscape Shrub Taxa Subjected to Repeated Short-term Flooding.  JEH 30(2) 58-64. June 2012. (peer reviewed)

Hein, M. M. Dougherty, & C. LeBleu. 2012.  "Learning Lot--Permeable Concrete." Concrete Works (Trade Publication for the Alabama Chapter of the American Concrete Association).

2013 American Society of Landscape Architecture Fellow

2013 Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Award

2012 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Outstanding Communication Award for outstanding conference track-chair “Landscape Ecology & Planning Track.”

2011 Auburn University President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award. In collaboration with K. Alley (Sociology), M. Dougherty (Biosystems Engineering), J. Feminella (Biology) & G. Lockaby (Forestry) for grant research and outreach work. 

2011 Projects of Excellence Award 2000 - 2010.  E. Brantley and C. LeBleu. Awarded by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 2005 – 2008 grant entitled, “Community Based Restoration Initiatives.” 

2009 Leadership Mobile Award. Presented by Leadership Mobile for outstanding work in green infrastructure planning and design. Mobile, AL.

2009 Outstanding Faculty Award. School of Architecture, College of Architecture Design and Construction.