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Advocacy Day 2012

Each year, ASLA advocates travel from across the country to Washington, D.C. to advocate for policy issues important to the landscape architecture profession. During their congressional visits, landscape architects strive to raise the visibility of the profession with legislators and key staff to educate them on the many ways that landscape architects provide solutions to a myriad of problems facing our nation. 

This year, ASLA Advocacy Day will take place on Thursday, May 10th when ASLA advocates will meet with their legislators and key staff to discuss critical transportation design and planning legislation including: Reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act and the innovative ways landscape architects are helping their communities manage stormwater runoff.  


Advocacy Day 2012 Flyer - Download

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As America continues to recover from the worst economic recession in nearly a century, it is critical that we invest in our communities in a way that creates jobs, fosters sustainable development, encourages healthy lifestyles and creates livable, economically-vibrant places to live, work and recreate. Congress can help our communities by supporting new infrastructure development that includes sound planning and design that is cost-effective, strategic and sustainable. Good design and planning is a smart investment in achieving our stronger communities.

Landscape architects are part of the solution. Because of our extensive expertise in site planning, land use, grading, drainage, and environmental sciences, landscape architects are well-suited to lead projects on urban design and revitalization, multi-modal transportation corridors, parks and recreational facilities and stormwater management.

During the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Advocacy Day 2012, ASLA urges Congress to support legislation that utilizes long-standing landscape architectural techniques, including sustainable design, to address our nation’s infrastructure needs, create livable communities, and help manage our resources, while putting more Americans back to work.

Providing More Transportation Choices for Our Communities
Today, far too many communities across the nation have limited transportation options. Because of past development patterns, many families are forced to use a car for all of their daily trips, even to destinations that are close to home. Many schoolchildren must take lengthy, expensive bus rides to and from school because their communities do not have safe walking or bicycling paths and trails to their neighborhood schools. Many seniors and persons with disabilities have no safe transportation options at all. Increasingly, communities want more transportation choices including, walking, bicycling and access to public transportation.

As Congress works to craft our nation’s surface transportation law, it should include a robust Transportation Enhancements program, Safe Routes To School language, and a national Complete Streets standard, all of which lead to safe, reliable and cost-efficient transportation choices for all users.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Cultural Trail, Indianapolis, IN
Photo: Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act
Reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act Issue Brief
eauthorization Summary
Reauthorization Talking Points-U.S. House
Reauthorization Talking Points-U.S. Senate
MAP-21 Senate Roll Call Vote
Transportation Enhancements Projects by Congressional District
Safe Routes to School Projects by Congressional District
Recreational Trails Projects by State
Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers
FHWA Report to the U.S. Congress on the Outcomes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program
National Poll: Americans Support Sidewalks and Bikeways

Community Solutions to Manage Stormwater
Stormwater runoff is a serious threat to the nation’s waterways and public health, costing Americans hundreds of millions of dollars each year in increased drinking water treatment costs.  Fortunately, the U.S. Congress is beginning to recognize that green infrastructure provides an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sound approach to reducing storm water and combined sewer overflow pollution. With the introduction of H.R. 2030/S. 1115, the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act, Congress would encourage states and municipalities to utilize green infrastructure techniques to address water quality and quantity and stormwater management issues. 

Clean Water Act

Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory, Tucson, AZ
Photo: Judeen Terrey

The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act
Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act Issue Brief

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act Summary
Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act Talking Points -U.S. House
Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act Talking Points -U.S. Senate
ASLA Report: Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Community Economic Benefits
ASLA Green Infrastructure Case Studies

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If this is your first time visiting a Congressional office, you have no need to worry. Your friendly government affairs team has assembled a wealth of resources to help you make the most out of your visits. If you complete your "homework assignments"and attend the 2 webinars listed above you will be well on your way to becoming an effective advocate. 

Advocacy Day Thank You Template-U.S. House

Advocacy Day Thank You Template-U.S. Senate

Home Assignment #1—Know Your Legislator

Home Assignment #2--The Green Infrastructure for  Clean Water Act

Home Assignment #3--Transportation Reauthorization

The ASLA Advocacy Network has a wealth of tools available including tips on visiting your Representative’s office, contact information, guidance on the legislative process and more.

Legislator Profile Worksheet 

Telling your Personal Story

Learn more about your U.S. Representative, House Committees and the entire House of Representatives  

Learn more about your U.S. Senator, Senate Committees and the entire U.S. Senate  

Research the thousands of bills that Congress introduces each year  

For more information on advocacy day, contact ASLA's Manager of Government Affairs, Kevin O’Hara, or 202.216.2370.