Media Advisory: Smart Policies for a Changing Climate

A Candid Discussion about Public Policies that Promote Safe, Climate-Smart Communities


Last year was the most expensive year on record for natural disasters thanks to hurricanes, wildfires, hailstorms, tornadoes, flooding, drought and blizzards. These extreme weather events cost $306 billion in damage in the United States and are on the rise. Last month, Ellicott City, Md. experienced their second “1 in 1,000 years” rain event in two years.   

Our nation, states, counties, cities and municipalities are looking for solutions to help make their communities safer and mitigate the risks from extreme weather events, while taking climate change and existing natural systems into account. Last September the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) convened an interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience to identify core principles, planning and design strategies, and public policies to promote safe, climate-smart communities. 

ASLA is hosting a candid discussion on June 19 with Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, ASLA executive vice president and CEO, and Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, Blue Ribbon Panel member and program director for Landscape Architecture, the College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. They will discuss the panel’s findings and ASLA’s ambitious efforts to align landscape design approaches through the adoption of effective public policies.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19 

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  


WHERE: ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture 

636 “Eye” Street, NW, Washington, D.C.  


Climate change is a threat to people and communities across the United States. Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: The Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience is a blueprint for securing a sustainable and resilient future. 

Note: Light refreshments will be served. Media must RSVP to Karen Grajales, ASLA Public Relations Manager, at (202) 216-2371.   

About ASLA

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.


Media inquiries

Landscape Architecture Magazine

Jennifer Reut 

The Dirt
Jared Green

The Field
Ali Hay