ASLA Endorses Federal Priorities for the 115th Congress: Highlighting How Landscape Architects Are Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development

Roxanne Blackwell


Recently, the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) Executive Committee endorsed the 2017-2018 Federal Priorities Agenda, which will guide the Society’s federal advocacy efforts for the 115th Congress. The committee approved an agenda that will focus ASLA’s efforts on how landscape architects are leading in community infrastructure design and development, with an emphasis on transportation planning and design, water and stormwater management, parks and recreation, and designing for resilience issues.

The committee’s endorsement completes a yearlong process that began with a membership survey to learn what federal policies, regulations, and programs are important to ASLA members. The 2016 survey showed that transportation policies and programs are most important to a broad segment of the membership. Survey results also demonstrated that the ASLA membership accesses several federal transportation programs to plan and design projects across the country, including: Transportation Alternatives Program; Recreational Trails Program; Safe Routes to School; and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant programs. ASLA members also responded that water and stormwater management legislation, programs, and policies, like the Drinking and Clean Water State Revolving Funds, are important to their practices, as well as policies that help create more parks and recreational facilities, like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

As policy makers begin to consider an infrastructure package in the 115th Congress, ASLA’s 2017-2018 Federal Priorities Agenda will allow the Society to fully participate in policy discussions and negotiations that highlight the unique talents of landscape architects. Recently, ASLA released "Landscape Architects Leading Community Design and Development," which urges policy makers and other stakeholders to support an infrastructure plan that is comprehensive and includes upgrading to a multimodal transportation network, fixing our nation’s water management systems, recognizing public lands and parks as critical infrastructure, and designing for resiliency. 

Click HERE to view ASLA’s infrastructure recommendations.



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