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Big news from Washington: the president signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. This law will permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide much-needed funding to restore our parks and public lands by addressing severe maintenance backlogs.
This isn't just a win for us at ASLA National — it's a win for every ASLA member and supporter who signed a letter, sent an email, made a phone call, or posted on social media all across the country. Even the smallest action, when combined with thousands of others, can help us accomplish something big.
While we're happy to have the Great American Outdoors Act codified in law, there are still many important efforts ahead of us – not just on Capitol Hill, but in state capitols all across the country.
Be a part of the next big win — Join ASLA's iAdvocate network >
Licensure for landscape architects continues to be under constant threat from state policymakers. The U.S. Congress has yet to move forward on important legislation to combat climate change. The Administration just finalized a rule that severely limits the National Environmental Policy Act's (NEPA) power to protect our families and communities.
Our advocates get alerts on priority issues in Congress and in state capitols across the country. We let you know what's going on, what the consequences might be, and what you can do to make a difference.
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Green Schoolyards America
Schools across the United States are facing an uphill battle as they figure out how to navigate COVID-19 physical distancing requirements that will allow students to return to campus. There is an urgent need to reimagine PreK-12 schools in order to reopen safely and equitably. Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature ... LEARN MORE
Landscape Architecture Foundation
Now more than ever, we must use our unique training as designers to confront the pressing challenges of climate change and justice. The Green New Deal Superstudio is an opportunity to explore these principles from a designer’s perspective and support this opportunity for change.
The Superstudio is an open call for designs that spatially manifest the principles and policy ideas of the Green New Deal with regional and local specificity.
Participation is open to all design schools, professional practices, individuals, and other design and planning related organizations across the United States. Superstudio participants will join a collaborative network of other participating studios that will have access to a design brief and supporting resources such as lectures, roundtable discussions, and reviews.
Landscape Architect and Specifer News
Have you won an award or designed an exceptional hardscape project in the past 5 years?
If so, Landscape Architect and Specifier News (LASN) would like to see your work! There's a good chance we might feature your project in the upcoming annual Hardscapes Issue.
Click here for more information or simply send 10-12 images along with a short description of the project, including the acreage, location, scope of work and your contact info to Amy Timar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your project is selected for publication, a member of LASN's editorial team will contact you to acquire high-res images and interview you to develop the article.
And don't worry. The whole process is painless ... You designed a great project ... We'll write a great article about that project
Save Mount Diablo
During the current COVID-19 global pandemic, parks and open space areas providing safe places for outdoor activity are experiencing an unprecedented surge in visitation and impacts on facilities. Take, for example, the East Bay Regional Park District in California, a system of 73 parks with 125,000 acres and 1,300 miles of trails. EBRPD's pre-COVID visitation rate was 25 million a year. (For comparison, Disneyland had 18 million visits annually.) Since the shelter-in-place orders in March, the park district's general manager estimates, the rate of trail use has doubled.
From the super-connected urban sprawl of Tokyo to the futuristic skyline of Dubai, digital acceleration had fast become an aspiration for many city authorities long before the COVID-19 crisis hit. The United Nations estimates that 68% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. The pandemic has highlighted the need for accelerated digital city planning and greater communication with citizens for such population levels to be sustainable.
Texas is one of those places where it's still possible to have land, lots of land, close by a major city. Such is the case with Springwoods Village, once a 2,000-acre forested property on the northern edge of Houston, now being transformed into a mixed-use community, including office, residential, retail, recreation and greenspace.
The urban crisis brings many challenges, but also presents opportunities for landscape architects to help build more equitable green spaces and cities.
The Washington Post
One of the reasons President John F. Kennedy wanted to create the White House Rose Garden as we have known it for the past 58 years was to make it easier for the media to cover him at the dawn of the age of TV news. Reporters had a cozier relationship with the president back then, but it is a measure of how wide the chasm has become between the current administration and the mainstream media that when first lady Melania Trump announced the wholesale renovation of the Rose Garden, the work was already getting started.
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New Jersey Future, in partnership with the New Jersey Builders Association, released the Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0. The guide, specifically designed for the real estate sector including developers, builders, and their professional teams of engineers, landscape architects, planners, and architects, features detailed information and guidance on New Jersey's amended stormwater rules. Download the guide at developersguide.njfuture.org.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has published new stormwater rules that require the use of green infrastructure. This new approach is a paradigm shift in New Jersey stormwater management. Developers now have an objective standard that creates multiple infiltration points, mimicking how nature deals with stormwater. Download the newly updated Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0 by New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Builders Association to learn how to make GI work to your benefit.
Governor of New Jersey's Office
One July 8, the Governor of New Jersey released EO163, which further defines conditions and face mask requirements for outdoor situations. These requirements involve impacts to designed public spaces and outdoor behaviors. See the full EO163.
ASLA Membership is now free for students who qualify for Student, Student Affiliate, or International Student membership! This change took effect May 1, 2020.
If you are currently a Student Member, there is nothing new that you need to do to take advantage of this offer. Your membership will continue without cost until you graduate.
New to ASLA? Just fill out this short survey to join today to take advantage of great ASLA benefits that will assist you throughout your career, including:
The new Mentorship Program also launched on May 1. You can connect to this mentorship program as a student, recent graduate, or mentor.
- ASLA exclusive Mentorship Program, connecting students with professional mentors
- Free access to ASLA online learning, JSTOR and Virtual Portfolio Review
- Digital subscription to award-winning Landscape Architecture Magazine
- Membership in one of 20 Professional Practice Networks that help connect you to others who share your professional interests
- Opportunities to shape the Society's future through participation in various committees, such as the Climate Action Committee and Student Advisory Committee
We know that students are being hit particularly hard in these difficult times. At ASLA, we want to be there for students by giving them access to the resources, encouragement, and networking opportunities they need, not only right now, but throughout the life of their careers.
We hope you will join us!
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New Jersey Future
Have you seen the award-winning Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit?
The Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit is perfect for community leaders who want to manage stormwater sustainably, reduce localized flooding and improve water quality.
NJDEP stormwater rule amendments now require the use of green infrastructure making this Toolkit an especially valuable resource to New Jersey cities and towns (in combination w/ the new "Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0", noted above).
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