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FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER HONORED BY ASLA
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former President Jimmy Carter was selected by the American Society of Landscape Architects to receive the 2001 Olmsted Medal. The Olmsted Medal recognizes environmental leadership, vision and commitment by individuals or organizations outside the profession of landscape architecture. President Carter was awarded the Olmsted Medal for his dedication to improving the built environment and protecting the natural environment through both his political career and volunteer service.
"President Carter has, and continues to be, a champion of environmental affairs through action and policy," said Tod J. Stanton, an Atlanta-based landscape architect. "His work has yielded exceptional contributions to the environment of both our country and around the globe."
Carter was born in Plains, Ga., and grew up in a nearby small farming town. After seven years' service as a naval officer, Carter returned to Plains, where he served as the first president of the Georgia Planning Association. He was elected governor of Georgia in 1971 and the 39th President of the United States, serving one term from 1977 to 1981.
Carter and his administration made significant achievements on domestic issues during a turbulent time in America. He was successful in passing major environmental legislation, including the Alaska Lands Act in 1980 that designated 104 million acres for new national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands in Alaska. In 1977, Carter saw passage of legislation protecting wetlands and policy on floodplain management, which has limited development in these sensitive natural ecosystems.
Since leaving public office, Carter has authored 13 books and won several prestigious awards, including the first United Nations Human Rights Prize. Together with his wife Rosalynn, he has remained committed improving the human condition through Habitat for Humanity and The Carter Center. The Center has initiated projects in more than 65 countries to resolve conflicts, prevent human rights abuses, build democracy, improve health, and revitalize urban areas.
"These are just a few examples of [President Carter's] dedication to improving the built environment and providing valuable community service," Stanton said. "Based on his demonstrated commitment to safeguarding our natural heritage, President Carter is extremely deserving of this honor. He embodies the Society's commitment to stewardship of the land and quality of life."
President Carter will be presented with the Olmsted Medal in a ceremony at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Montreal, Sept. 21-25.
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing 13,500 members nationwide. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication and fellowship. For more information, visit ASLA Online at www.asla.org.
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