Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 2018

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2018 National Associations Reports American Society of Landscape Architects Profile: OUR VISION - Leading the design and stewardship of land and communities. OUR MISSION - Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments. The Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) kicked off the year with a statement applauding Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J.) for introducing the Living Shorelines Act, which would provide critical funding to help our nation's coastal communities develop flood-resistant green infrastructure projects that integrate plants and local ecosystems, as well as highlight the critical role landscape architects play in their health, safety and welfare. In April, the ASLA celebrated World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) by looking to the future of the profession. As a part of ASLA's "This Is Landscape Architecture" social media campaign, a different student chapter took over ASLA's Instagram account each day in April. WLAM also served as the launch of ASLA's new logo and rebrand. Climate change is intensifying the negative impacts of standard development practices and is putting people and communities across the United Sates at risk. The ASLA convened an interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience in September 2017, and in June 2018 the Society released a blueprint for helping secure a sustainable and resilient future that summarizes the panel's work and recommendations, titled, Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: The Report and Recommendations of the American Society of Landscape Architects Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience. In July, the association announced it had joined 28 real estate industry organizations to highlight landscape architecture and other diverse career paths within the real estate sector. The collaboration launched a new website— Careers Building Communities, which allows visitors to navigate through the scores of career paths across all sectors of real estate. Transportation infrastructure is a significant component of the public realm, and in August, ASLA launched a new guide on transportation. The guide provides in-depth solutions and case studies to help communities create transportation systems that foster safe, equitable and resilient ways of getting around. Its sections on regional, urban, neighborhood and street systems reflect seven key principles. Solutions should be low emission, safe, equitable, resilient, ecological, and beautiful. In September, the association joined We Are Still In, a national coalition of 3,500 states, cities, companies, and organizations that remain committed to achieving US greenhouse gas emission reduction targets outlined by the Obama administration as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA, SITES AP, ASLA's executive vice president and CEO, attended the We Are Still In Forum in San Francisco on September 12, as part of the Global Climate Action Summit, the first-ever climate summit designed exclusively for leaders from the private sector and local government to highlight meaningful solutions to climate change and raise the bar for action. The ASLA released a statement in the wake of the report released October 8 by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: "Already, the dire effects of climate change are visible in every corner of the globe. But the startling new report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear that if significant actions aren't taken immediately, the world could see a rise in atmospheric temperatures of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040, triggering catastrophic effects worldwide. Landscape architects work at the intersection of the built and natural environments and have embraced their responsibility to design and plan healthy, climate- smart and resilient communities. The ominous U.N. report further reinforces the need for all those responsible for shaping human environments to urgently redouble their efforts to both mitigate climate effects and to ensure the resilience of communities already being threatened by the consequences of inaction." Top: ASLA elevated 31 members as Fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. For more information on these Fellows, search the keyword "2018 Fellows" at LandscapeOnline.com. CREDIT: ASLA/EPNAC Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA, PLA, was inducted as ASLA president for the 2018-2019 term. In addition to becoming the newly minted president, Kelly was honored with the President's Medal, a first in ASLA's history. IMAGE CREDIT: ASLA/EPNAC. Left: Pictured here is an annual meeting education session,"WS- 006-Building the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion" PHOTO CREDIT: ASLA/EPNAC 30 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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