During ASLA’s Annual Advocacy Day on April 30th, ASLA advocates will travel from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with their federal legislators to discuss policy issues important to the landscape architecture profession. During their congressional visits, landscape architects strive to raise the visibility of the profession with Members of Congress and to educate them on the many ways that landscape architects provide solutions to a myriad of problems facing our nation.
This year, ASLA advocates will discuss the role of landscape architects in planning sound, efficient, and sustainable transportation corridors. As Congress begins to consider reauthorizing an omnibus surface transportation bill and important climate change legislation, it is imperative that Congress utilize the skills and techniques of landscape architects in rebuilding our nation’s transportation system and to assist in reducing harmful carbon emissions.
ASLA is pleased to announce that Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Hon. ASLA from Oregon will address our Advocacy Day participants during the Advocacy Day legislative briefing on Thursday morning April 30th. Congressman Blumenauer is a leader in initiating and supporting sustainable policies and because of his diligent efforts in promoting polices important to the landscape architecture community was made an honorary member of ASLA. Congressman Blumenauer will share his experiences on working on these issues with Advocacy Day participants, as well as enlightening us on how to become effective advocates throughout the year.
ASLA advocates are preparing for their critical meetings with legislators by participating in two 1-hour webinar advocacy training sessions. The first webinar held on Tuesday, April 14th focused on advocacy tools, tips, and strategies for effective legislative meetings. This webinar is now posted on the ASLA Advocacy Day website for members to review at their leisure. The second webinar will be held on Thursday, April 23rd and will focus on the policy issues important to ASLA advocates.
For more information on this exciting event, please visit ASLA’s Advocacy Day webpage, or contact Federal Government Affairs Manager Roxanne Blackwell.