2014 Government Affairs Highlights

ASLA’s government affairs department wrapped up 2014, with several notable accomplishments including: protecting licensure; preserving critical federal programs important to the profession; and unveiling key advocacy tools and reports to help local chapters and individual activists continue to be effective in the policy arena.

Deregulation threats continued to arise in 2014, yet ASLA successfully demonstrated the importance of licensure not only to the public health, safety, and welfare, but also for jobs and the economy. Because of these efforts, licensure remains the law of the land in all 50 states.

Throughout 2014, ASLA continued to defend federal programs important to landscape architects including beating back several congressional attempts to eliminate or weaken the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). ASLA also worked to protect the Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) Fund, and worked to promote key federal policies for Complete Streets, community parks and recreation facilities, and water and stormwater management projects.

ASLA also unveiled several tools to help landscape architects be more effective practitioners and policy advocates.  Last year, ASLA unveiled the iAdvocate Network, a one-stop shop for all things advocacy.  The new tool allows advocates to use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to contact their policy makers. ASLA also used to the iAdvocate Network to send information about federal grant opportunities, U.S. Access Board guidelines announcements, and other federal training webinars. ASLA also debuted the Guide to Hosting Tours with Elected Officials – a new resource tool to help advocates showcase landscape architecture projects to elected officials and other policy makers.

ASLA worked with the National Complete Streets Coalition and AARP to produce the Dangerous by Design 2014 report, which examines how many current street designs are contributing to unsafe conditions.  ASLA also hosted a webinar on How Landscape Architects Can Contract with GSA, where landscape architects from the General Services Administration provided step-by-step instructions on navigating GSA’s procurement process.

ASLA’s government affairs department will continue to work with state and federal policy makers on issues important to the profession.  To join in helping with ASLA’s advocacy efforts and to receive updates and information on federal opportunities and more, please sign up for iAdvocate today.


Kevin Fry
Director, PR and

JR Taylor
PR Coordinator