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COVID-19 Resources for ASLA Members

COVID-19 Resources

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ASLA’s first and foremost obligation is to protect the health and safety of our employees, our members, and the partners and colleagues with whom we work and interact. Given growing concerns about the effect of the COVID-19 on daily life in the Washington, D.C., area, we are implementing a series of actions that reflect an ironclad commitment to that principle. This includes:

  • transforming the April 24-25 spring meetings of the Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council, previously planned for Washington, D.C., to virtual meetings
  • cancelling all in-person meetings at the Center for Landscape Architecture and substituting virtual meetings whenever possible
  • suspending public tours of our Green Roof and access to our climate crisis exhibition
  • implementing a liberal telecommuting policy for staff impacted by state and local COVID-19 responses
  • suspending all staff and leadership business travel

Be assured that ASLA has procedures in place to ensure that during this difficult time we are able to continue the same high level of support for our members and partners. Our members should expect no interruption in our services or a reduction in access to programs and staff. If this pandemic has caused you financial hardship, there are several options available to help you maintain your ASLA membership − including switching to monthly payments, moving to limited status, or applying for a hardship waiver. Visit our payment options page to learn more or email ASLA at membership@asla.org with any questions.

To all of our members, their friends, families, and colleagues, and all those in our community, we extend our fervent hope that all remain healthy and safe during this challenging time.


General Guidance

The following resources may be useful to help you remain informed: 


Business Resources

We have many resources to help landscape architecture firms and businesses. For general information, please see our ASLA Business Toolkit.

Information on adapting to a remote working environment:

Resources for working from home:

 

 

The federal government is offering relief to businesses and firms affected by the pandemic.

Check the National Governors Association's new Summary Of State Actions Addressing Business Reopenings to see the actions your state and local officials are taking toward re-opening businesses and firms.

For LegaLine legal information services, visit their website through the AIA Trust. ASLA members may access practice coach services by following the instructions to subscribe exactly as if they were AIA members.

Find out whether your business is considered an "essential industry."


Professional Development and Licensure Resources

ASLA Online Learning: As a LA CES education provider, ASLA provides a number of ways to earn professional development hours (PDH) online.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System: Landscape architects and other design professionals can access information on continuing education courses from more than 250 approved providers with the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™).

  • Check the “Search for Distance Education courses only” box under For Professionals: Find a Course for webinars and other online offerings you can do from home.
  • Sign up to receive email alerts about new courses.

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Resources for Educators and Students

As of May 1, 2020, ASLA Membership is free for students who qualify for Student, Student Affiliate, or International Student membership. Fill out this form to apply (or send it to a friend who may be interested in taking advantage).

Information and updates for landscape architecture academic programs transitioning to online courses.

ASLA has a collection of virtual K-12 education tools parents with children at home.

  • Tools for Teachers webpage - contains a collection of digital activity books, learning plans, and virtual assets for teachers and students working virtually.
  • The Roof is Growing! - offers a comprehensive, standards-aligned education program for middle and high school students.

Here are technology tools and special offers for educators and students to help you stay connected:

  • Virtual Mentoring – ASLA launched an exclusive Mentorship Program to connect students and professionals. To participate, fill out the mentorship survey to help create the best match. 
  • Cloud communications – RingCentral Office, which includes call-management, videoconferencing and other tools, is now free for K-12 schools, healthcare providers and nonprofits.
  • Design and marketing – Adobe is giving free Creative Cloud access to students and teachers until May 2020.
  • Organization and database – Free two-year subscription to Airtable for all students with a .edu email.
  • Teacher planning tool – IBM is offering several free educational resources, including its Teacher Advisor with Watson, a curated planning tool and database of K-8 math lessons.
  • Video messaging – Loom Pro is now free for students and teachers at K-12 schools, universities, and other educational institutions with no time limit.
  • Student Loan Relief – Read ASLA's analysis on student loan debt and repayment in the federal government's stimulus legislation.

Resources From Chapters

ASLA Chapters from across the country have been preparing webinars and virtual resources to support ASLA members. 


Community Tools

Stay connected and engaged with your professional network through ASLA social media (links below), the ASLA Member Directory, and the ASLA Professional Practice Network member rosters. Also, check that your member profile is up-to-date so you can offer help in return:

  • Log into your asla.org account.
  • Confirm that your personal and professional information under the About Me tab is up-to-date.
  • Then click “Find a Member” under “Join” in the top navigation bar or “PPN Member Directory” for the Professional Practice Network member lists and begin your search!

ASLA Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) social media:

ASLA’s chapters also maintain their own social media accounts—follow your chapter for local news and updates.

And stay in touch with National ASLA on social media:


Federal, State, and Local Resources

Federal Relief

Other Federal Resources

State and Local Resources

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