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ASLA on passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act, a bill long supported by ASLA and the landscape architects they represent, would require Congress to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and create the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restorations Fund to help address maintenance backlogs in national parks and public lands.

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ASLA opposes suspension of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced yesterday their opposition to the suspension of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). “For fifty years, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has guarded the environment from harm during the planning and construction of projects,” the statement read. 

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Black Lives Matter. Black Communities Matter.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) issued a statement today after hearing feedback from its membership and after much reflection regarding the killing of George Floyd. “ASLA stands in solidarity with black communities in the fight against racial injustice and police violence against black people. Moving forward, ASLA will deepen our partnership with the Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN) to create a meaningful, sustainable plan of action to help guide the profession in addressing the wants and needs of black communities.”

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The Statue of Liberty Museum, designed by FXCollaborative, achieves LEED Gold certification

The US Green Building Council recently awarded The Statue of Liberty Museum, designed by FXCollaborative, LEED Gold certification in recognition of the project’s sustainable design and respect for its ecological and environmental impact. The museum’s design features integrated resiliency measures as well as high-performance systems, highly insulated walls, extensive thermal bridge mitigation, glass orientation that minimizes solar heat gain, radiant floor heating, demand-control ventilation, high-efficiency lighting, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

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ASLA celebrates World Landscape Architecture Month

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. Despite the pandemic keeping millions of people indoors, landscape architects in the United States and around the globe are coming together virtually to tell their stories through the Life Grows Here campaign. “As landscape architects, we design places and experiences for life to grow and flourish. We design places that foster healing and renewal. We create settings for community gathering. We bring beauty to public spaces. When this current crisis abates, and our necessary isolation ends, the places landscape architects create will be even more important,” said Wendy Miller, FASLA, president of ASLA. 

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ASLA publishes guides to highlight successful cross-disciplinary collaborations for healthy, equitable communities

Today, the eight member organizations of the Joint Call to Action for Healthy Communities (JCTA) Coalition published ten discussion guides to highlight successful cross-disciplinary collaborations for healthy, equitable communities. The JCTA includes American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Architects, National Recreation and Park Association, U.S. Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute.

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ASLA video statement celebrating Women’s History Month

The American Society of Landscape Architects released a video statement celebrating Women’s History Month delivered by ASLA President Wendy Miller, FASLA. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for ASLA and the entire landscape architecture profession to reflect on how far women have come on the road to equality. But it’s also time to reflect with candor and openness on how far we still have to go.”

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