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SBA Retreats on Big Hike in Design Firms’ Revenue Caps
Architectural Record
2/17/12 
“The American Society of Landscape Architects was ‘extremely pleased’ that SBA agreed with its recommendation to keep the $7-million cap, says Roxanne Blackwell, ASLA federal government affairs manager. ‘It keeps more landscape architecture firms active and viable in the SBA procurement arena,’ she adds.”

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Business Conditions for Landscape Architecture Firms Retreat, but Survey Finds Some Optimism About 2012
Reuters
2/16/12 
“Business activity for landscape architects continued to recede in fourth quarter 2011, but longer term, the profession is relatively optimistic about 2012.”

The Green At College Park Is a First Certified Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Landscape
Inhabitat
02/17/12
“And finally we heard from David Hopman, ASLA, PLA Associate Professor and Landscape Architect from the University of Texas at Arlington. David and a university research associate named Sonal Parmar worked with the architects at Schrickel Rollins to determine how Schrickel Rollins’ design of the park fulfilled SITES requirements and compiled the proper documentation of the project.”

First Landscape Pilot Projects Certified Under SITES Program
Engineering News-Record
02/15/12
“’One of the first things that's clear is that we certainly set pretty high bars for achieving these levels,’ says Nancy Somerville, ASLA's executive vice president and CEO. ‘That's something we're going to continue to look at as we go through the pilots,’ she says.”

Sustainable Site Design Lecture Slated for Noon Feb. 15
Penn State Live
02/14/12 
“Laura Hansplant, a landscape architect specializing in sustainable design and planning, will give a talk at noon Feb. 15, in 101 Stuckeman Family Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.”

Arizona Landscape Architect Awarded for Work and Contributions
TucsonCitizen.com
02/14/12
“Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (AzASLA) recognizes April as ‘Landscape Architecture Month’ by presenting their annual Awards Gala on the eve – Saturday, March 31, 2012.”

Sustainable Sites Initiative Certifies First Three Projects
Public Works Online
02/08/12
“SITES—the Sustainable Sites Initiative—a joint effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin, and the U.S. Botanic Garden—announced the first three projects to qualify for certification in its pilot program.”

LSU’s Landscape Architecture Program Shines
02/05/12
The Advocate
“LSU’s landscape-architecture program repeatedly gets top rankings. The undergraduate program — the only one in the state — has been ranked the nation’s best for three of the past six years.”

SITES Certifies Novus Campus, First with a 3-Star Rating
Illinois Ag Connection
02/01/12
“The global headquarters campus of Novus International, Inc. is one of the first pilot projects to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative.”

Forward Thinking
Elle Décor
1/1/12 
“A torchbearer for all-inclusive, ecology driven landscaping, Thomas Woltz is one of the field’s top practitioners.”

House Transportation Bill: Traffic Is Heavy -- Against It
LA Times
1/13/12 
“The American Society of Landscape Architects and other groups oppose a provision that would end a mandate for a portion of transportation funds to go toward bike paths, scenic beautification and other ‘transportation enhancements.’”

Black Locust: The Sustainable Hardwood of Our Future?
MetropolisMag.com
02/08/12
“Van Valkenburgh was one of four presenters at a recent lecture concerning the use of Black Locust as a sustainable wood choice when compared to rainforest hardwoods. Their presentation is available on the American Society of Landscape Architectswebsite.”

SITES Certifies Novus International Campus with a 3-star Rating
Progressive Dairyman
02/07/12
“The global headquarters campus of Novus International, Inc. is one of the first pilot projects to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative.”

Sustainable Sites Initiative Certifies First Three Projects
Residential Architect
02/01/12
“SITES—the Sustainable Sites Initiative—a joint effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin, and the U.S. Botanic Garden.”

A New Vision for Gorgas Park
Montgomery News
02/08/12 
“In a design studio of Philadelphia University’s Smith House, colorful visions of Gorgas Park are quietly taking shape. A total of 14 Landscape Architecture students are working with the Friends of Gorgas Park on stormwater management solutions for the park as well as conceptual master plans to bring the park into the modern era.”

Green Works Announces Winners of the 2011 Industry Awards Program
Vermont Business Magazine
02/08/12
“Green Works/Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Industry Award Program. A panel of industry professionals and landscape architects met in January.”

The Burden of Frederick Law Olmsted
Planetizen
02/08/12
“Mark Hough laments the chronic, debilitating inferiority complex afflicting Landscape Architects and the crutch that Frederick Law Olmsted provides.”

Gowanus Canal to Become "Sponge Park" for Storm Water Runoff
EcoGeek
02/08/12
“As the EPA begins its decades-long superfund clean-up of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y., a landscape architect has plans to make the area a beautiful, natural sponge for storm water runoff.”

Portland Architecture Firm to Design New KVCC Campus
Morning Sentinel Online
02/02/12
“Mohr & Seredin, a landscape architecture firm in Portland, has been selected to design Kennebec Valley Community College's new campus on U.”

Streetscaping Reduces Stormwater Runoff, Pollutants, at Utility Campus
SmartPlanet
2/16/12
“BWP worked with Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm AHBE Landscape Architects to develop and manage the projects.”



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