ASLA Advocates Hit the Hill to #BHeardOnThe23rd


 Landscape architects educate Congress on creating resilient communities

 ASLA Advocacy Day 2015, the Society’s premier federal advocacy event, brought over 160 advocates from across the nation to the nation’s capitol. This year, ASLA advocates hit the 100% mark, with every member having three congressional meetings each, including 59 meetings with their Congressman or Senator. This year’s theme, Landscape Architects: Creating Resilient Communities, allowed advocates the opportunity to meet and educate all three of their members of Congress and their staff on how landscape architects access federal programs to contribute to the resilience of the communities in their congressional districts and states. 

During congressional meetings, ASLA advocates discussed the value of the most accessed federal program by landscape architects, the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – showcasing the health, safety, and connectivity aspects of active transportation choices in their community, as well as the critical need to continue the program in the next iteration of our nation’s surface transportation legislation. Additionally, ASLA advocates were charged with urging their legislators to support the reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – the fourth most accessed federal program by the profession. The 50 year-old program, set to expire on September 30th, is responsible for safeguarding our nation’s land and water resources, cultural heritage sites, and parks and recreation facilities in over 98% of U.S. counties. Lastly, landscape architects asked their members of Congress to support the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge – a celebration of the NPS 100th anniversary to kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

ASLA Advocates that were not able to make the trip to Washington, DC, but wanted to #BHeardOnThe23rd were busy doing their part from home using Twitter, Facebook, and the iAdvocate Network to send over 500 messages and hundreds of tweets to their members in Congress. Pictures of Advocacy Day 2015 can be seen here.

To build upon the momentum generated at this year’s event, ASLA’s Advocacy team will work with advocates on a series of follow-up activities to help cultivate the relationships created during Advocacy Day, including writing editorials, hosting site visits with elected officials to showcase landscape architecture projects, and attending town hall meetings to continue the dialog on federal issues important to the profession. 

For more information on our advocacy efforts visit the Advocacy homepage, iAdvocate Network, or follow us on Twitter.



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