Statement by ASLA CEO Torey Carter-Conneen on Proposed EPA Power Plant Rule


Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan proposed a regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from America’s power plants.

“The American Society of Landscape Architects wholeheartedly welcomes efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution that threatens human health and well-being. All sectors of America’s economy must work together and do our parts to secure a livable climate and healthy, prosperous future for all,” said ASLA CEO Torey Carter-Conneen.

Landscape architects—who design the places Americans live, work, and play in—are overwhelmingly committed to climate action; a recent ASLA survey found that two-thirds are recommending the integration of climate solutions to “all or most” of their clients.

Here are some of the ways ASLA and its nearly 16,000 members are taking climate action:

  • ASLA’s Climate Action Plan calls for landscape architecture projects to achieve zero emissions by 2040 and increase carbon sequestration, while enhancing resilience, addressing climate injustices, increasing biodiversity, and creating economic opportunities for communities.
  • ASLA’s Climate Action Field Guide compiles best practices for practicing landscape architects to achieve these ambitious goals.
  • ASLA has joined a new group of industry leaders focused on rapidly reducing the carbon in the materials used in construction nationwide.


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