Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Budgeting the Budgets ASLA Executive VP/CEO Nancy Somerville has released this statement in response to the Trump Administration's May 23 fiscal year 2018 budget recommendations: "ASLA is extremely concerned with President Trump's proposed federal budget, which makes draconian cuts at a time when our country should be making increased investments in the resilience and health of our communities. "The president's recommendation to slash the Land and Water Conservation Fund by nearly 85 percent from current funding levels—from $400 million to $90 million—is devastating. Such a reduction decimates the nation's most important conservation and outdoor recreation program that landscape architects access to plan and design community parks. "We are extremely concerned about the proposed 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget. It is the most dramatic rollback in the agency's 47-year history. The proposal purports to allocate $2.3 billion to the Clean Water and Drinking Water state revolving fund programs, a $4 million increase. However, the budget also eliminates $498 million from the Department of Agriculture's Water and Wastewater loan and grant program and instead recommends that rural communities access EPA's State Revolving Funds, thus leaving State Revolving Funds with a $494 million reduction in funding. "The Trump administration's budget proposal includes significant cuts to key climate change programs and activities across all agencies, including ceasing all payments to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund and eliminating the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program. "ASLA and its members call on Congress to reject this budget proposal and protect programs and resources that protect our nation's infrastructure and environment. As the long legislative process continues, we will continue to advocate on behalf of our members and their stewardship of the natural environment." LA Metro Taps U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter to Serve on Sustainability Council Dominique Hargreaves, executive director, L.A. chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council announced that its executive director, Dominique Hargreaves, and four other members of the chapter, have been selected to serve on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA 82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 0 1

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