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ASLA Statement on Historic Passage of FAST Act

Bill to help America rebuild its infrastructure and promote sustainability

2015-12-04

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) commends the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate for their passage of a bipartisan, multiyear transportation reauthorization bill, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

The FAST Act, now on its way to President Obama for his signature, is a historic five-year transportation bill that includes some major victories for ASLA and landscape architects, including preserving critical bicycle and pedestrian and trails programs and establishing a national Complete Streets policy. ASLA also secured a provision in the bill to encourage the use of integrated vegetation management practices to promote pollinator habitats on our nation’s roads and highways.

“This bill is a major accomplishment for Congress, ASLA and the American people,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “It will provide our nation with the means to rebuild aging infrastructure, protect our environment and become more economically competitive. Landscape architects will play a critical role in this process.”

Visit ASLA’s website to learn more about how landscape architects are designing transportation for all Americans.

About the American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use "ASLA" after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning and design of our built and natural environments; the Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship.

 

 

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