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.
Currently, Congress is faced with crafting a new surface transportation bill before the current law Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) expires on September 30, 2014. Both the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA) and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (CA) have stated that they plan to begin committee action on a new surface transportation bill in spring 2014, with the goal of passing a final bill before the August recess.
This year, ASLA's Advocacy Day will take place on Thursday, May 15, just in time for landscape architects to discuss the importance of maintaining active transportation programs like the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), the Safe Routes To School and Recreational Trails programs and including a Complete Streets policy in any new reauthorization bill. While discussing transportation issues, ASLA members will have an opportunity to highlight specific projects that help to create more livable and economically-vibrant communities.
Landscape Architects: Connecting Communities
Increasingly, communities want more transportation choices including walking, bicycling and access to public transportation that will also strengthen local economies, improve public health, manage stormwater, and create local job opportunities. Using expert planning and design, landscape architects ensure communities have transportation systems that meet the needs of their neighborhoods. Options include more transit-oriented development, walking and bicycling paths and trails that lead to schools, work, shopping, and other daily destinations, and better access to public transportation. Landscape architects are particularly adept at designing these multimodal projects in a way that is safe for all users regardless of age and abilities.
Maintaining the Transportation Alternatives Program
MAP-21 Issue Brief
MAP-21 Talking Points
Active Transportation Resources
Achieving Complete Streets - The Safe Streets Act
Complete Streets Issue Brief
Safe Streets Act Summary
Complete Streets Talking Points - House
Complete Streets Talking Points - Senate
Dangerous by Design 2014 (Coming Soon!)
New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act
New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act Issue Brief
New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act Summary
New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act Talking Points - House
New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act Talking Points - Senate
Advocacy Day Extras
House Meeting Feedback Form
Senate Meetings Feedback Form
AdvocacyDay App Instructions
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 Advocacy Day training webinars you will be well on your way to becoming an effective advocate.
Home Assignment #1 - Know Your Legislator
Home Assignment #2 - Learning About Active Transportation Policy
Home Assignment #4 - Telling Your Story
After your meetings are over, your job is not done! Don't forget to follow up with the offices on any items you discussed, and most critically, don't forget to send a thank you note to the legislator and staff with whom you met!
Advocacy Day Thank You Template-U.S. House
Advocacy Day Thank You Template-U.S. Senate
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 Director of Federal Government Affairs, Roxanne Blackwell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.216.2334.