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General Sessions

Opening General Session
Saturday, October 4
8:00-9:30 am

The Conservation Fund’s Green Infrastructure Program: Linking Landscapes and Communities
1.5 PDH

Lawrence A. Selzer
Lawrence A. Selzer

The Conservation Fund is the nation’s foremost environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways for future generations. Since its founding in 1985, the Fund has helped safeguard wildlife habitat, working farms, forests, community greenspace, and historic sites totaling more than six million acres nationwide. From its hallmark Green Infrastructure book and its Better Models publications, to professional training courses offered through the Conservation Leadership Network, the Fund’s Green Infrastructure program brings the nation’s leading strategic conservation specialists to America’s towns, counties, and states. Lawrence A. Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, will share progress in promoting green infrastructure practices and what landscape architects are doing to support the effort.

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General Session
Sunday, October 5

8:00-9:30 am

Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Abroad
1.5 PDH


Susan Szenasy, HON. ASLA

Moderated by sustainability maven Susan Szenasy, Hon. ASLA, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine, this panel features landscape architects known for award-winning work outside the United States: Adriaan Geuze, of West 8, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Kathryn Gustafson, of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Seattle, and Gustafson Porter, London; Mario Schjetnan, of Grupo de Diseno Urbano, Mexico City, Mexico; Kongjian Yu, of Turenscape, Beijing, China; and James Corner, of Field Operations in New York. How are landscape architects in other countries dealing with sustainable design? Are they a political force? Are U.S. landscape architects perceived as leading or following in preventing climate change? What lessons can be shared to strengthen the practice globally?


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Kathryn Gustafson, ASLA
Kathryn Gustafson, ASLA
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Mario Schjetnan, FASLA
Mario Schjetnan, FASLA

Kongjian Yu,

James Corner, ASLA
James Corner, ASLA


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Closing General Session
Monday, October 6
4:00-5:30 pm

2008 Election Forecast: What it Means for Landscape Architects
1.5 PDH

Charlie Cook
Charlie Cook

With the national election less than one month after the annual meeting, landscape architecture professionals will be watching the presidential and Congressional races with increased interest. Deemed “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” by The New York Times, Charlie Cook is the publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for NBC News, National Journal magazine, and CongressDailyAM. Using his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics, memorable stories, and meaningful insights, Mr. Cook will provide attendees with timely information about the changing political climate and what it means to the landscape architecture profession.



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Designing a More Sustainable Meeting

ASLA continues to reduce the carbon footprint of the annual meeting and 2008 will be the greenest meeting yet. The official meeting hotels and the Pennsylvania Convention Center are located within walking distance of each other, eliminating the need for shuttle buses. The hotels, convention center, show decorator, transportation company, and other vendors with whom ASLA contracts services must demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices. ASLA’s printed materials, signage, and decorations are recycled, recyclable, and printed with soy ink. The meeting handouts will be distributed electronically. Meeting attendees may do their part by traveling to the meeting via Amtrak, purchasing a TerraPass, or arranging air travel through GoodShop (see Travel and Hotel Information).