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ASLA announces 2019 Honors recipients

Selected by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA bestows each year. The 2019 recipients include: Carol Franklin, FASLA; Douglas Reed, FASLA; Kimberlee Douglas; Dr. Lee-Anne Milburn, FASLA; Sally Jewell; Julie Hensley, ASLA and more.

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Sustainable Design Excellence: ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C.

The 12,600-square-foot headquarters, located in the historic Chinatown district of Washington, DC, was built in 1995 and completely renovated in 2016 to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certification. ASLA worked with architecture firm Gensler and landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden to build a new Center that embodies the mission, vision and values of the Society. The project integrates new construction into the existing space and footprint; captures and reuses stormwater runoff; maximizes daylight within the space; increases occupant comfort and wellness; provides flexible, collaborative work spaces; and models environmental values.

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ASLA elevates 22 Members to the Council of Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced yesterday that it has elevated 22 members as ASLA 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, management, knowledge, and service.

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ASLA opens new exhibition: Smart Policies for a Changing Climate

In 2018, ASLA’s interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience issued a report which outlined policy recommendations and design best practices for creating resilient, sustainable communities. The new Smart Policies for a Changing Climate Exhibition showcases 20 diverse case studies that illustrate the success these recommendations can have in harnessing natural systems, reducing carbon emissions, and improving communities’ resilience to climate change.

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Landscape architects LEEDⓇ by example

The ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. was officially awarded LEED PlatinumⓇ certification. Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council presented the certification to ASLA President Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA and ASLA CEO and Executive Vice President Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, during a reception for the ASLA Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council.

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ASLA is still in

“In the Paris Agreement, the U.S. made a commitment to reduce our carbon emissions and start combating this growing threat to our communities. While some may want out, ASLA is still in,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “We applaud the House of Representatives for taking bold steps in H.R. 9 to uphold U.S. commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement – and for including an amendment addressing the need for environmental and climate justice in this process.”

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Landscape architects heading to Capitol Hill this week

This week, a group of landscape architects are heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in ASLA Advocacy Day 2019. This year’s Advocacy Day will focus on infrastructure issues before Congress including restoring parks, water quality protection, and transportation.

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AIA event celebrates women in architecture and design

Leaders from top architecture and design organizations celebrated women in design at an event Tuesday night co-hosted by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Part of a series that explores the imperative of expanding diversity in the architecture profession, the “Women in Design” event acknowledged the contributions and accomplishments of women in the design field.

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ASLA celebrates World Landscape Architecture Month by showcasing influential landscape architects

As our climate changes, our communities are put at greater and greater risk. Flooding has increased. Wildfires have increased. Sea levels have increased. People, families, and communities are seeing the effects – and the problem is only getting worse. April is World Landscape Architecture Month and throughout the month, the American Society of Landscape Architects will celebrate the ways in which landscape architects are designing a greener, more sustainable future.

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ASLA celebrates major advocacy win as permanent authorization of the Land & Water Conservation Fund is signed into law

“From Black Rock Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, to North Tangipahoa Parish Park in Louisiana, to Crescent Harbor Playground in Alaska, LWCF gives landscape architects the ability to plan and design parks and recreational facilities that are resilient, beneficial, and beautiful outdoor spaces,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “The permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is an incredible victory for ASLA, our members, and our partners. This critical program will help lead our nation to a healthier, more sustainable future that is accessible for all.”

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