ASLA Advocacy Day 2016!

ASLA Advocacy Day 2016!

ASLA Advocacy Day 2016 brought students and professional landscape architects to Capitol Hill to advocate for policies important to the profession. Participants attended congressional meetings with their legislators with the objective of raising the visibility of the profession among policy makers and key staff. They also sought to educate them on the many ways that landscape architects provide solutions to some of the problems facing our communities. 

This year’s Advocacy Day was a huge success! A total of 181 attendees, 21 of whom were students, had 214 meetings, including 67 with legislators. This year, advocates urged passage the National Park Service Centennial Challenge legislation and promoted green infrastructure in transportation projects. Advocates also did an outstanding job forwarding their legislative issues through Twitter and the Advocacy Day hashtag #iAdvocate, which resulted in 130 original tweets by Advocacy Day participants, 528 replies and/or retweets that reached the timelines of more than 129, 000 Twitter users; Overall, messages delivered to the Twitter stream of 2,931,419 accounts, known as impressions.

For ASLA members who did not attend Advocacy Day, ASLA launched a virtual advocacy day, where advocates could send messages and tweets on the Advocacy Day issues to their legislators in Washington, D.C. Virtual advocates sent messages urging support for the Support the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge Fund and Support Green Infrastructure in Transportation Projects.

An Advocacy Day evening reception was held on Thursday, May 19, which recognized and honored a few of ASLA’s outstanding advocates including Jon Wreschinksky, ASLA, of the San Diego Chapter and Susan Maag, ASLA, of the St. Louis Chapter, who received the ASLA Advocacy Leadership Award. In addition, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architets received the ASLA Chapter of the Year Advocacy Award. 


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JR Taylor
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