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About the Advocacy Summit

ASLA National and ASLA Wisconsin hosted the 17th Annual Advocacy Summit in Milwaukee September 8-10. The event brought together 30 chapters to examine the current political and legislative environment and to discuss new and innovative opportunities to advocate for licensure and improve chapter advocacy efforts focused at the state and local level.

After a brief opening session, summiteers were joined by Wisconsin State Senator LaTonya Johnson and a staff member from U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s office for an advocacy site tour of the Menomonee Valley. The advocacy tour, led by local landscape architects and a representative from the mayor’s office, highlighted the landscape architect’s role in designing a green infrastructure stormwater system, a riverbank restoration project, and a popular local park. These projects showcased to policymakers how landscape architecture transformed unused, contaminated, and abandoned spaces into iconic places that now benefit community health and well-being and protect the public.

The summiteers spent the majority of the Summit discussing licensure threats and advocacy. ASLA State Government Affairs Director Elizabeth Hebron provided an in-depth overview of 2017 state and federal licensure activity. Josh Sundloff, ASLA, led a discussion on the update of the Landscape Architecture Licensure Handbook and provided tips on using the handbook in advocacy. The Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois Chapters each shared information about recent state licensure battles and provided peer-to-peer advice on fostering an active advocacy campaign to educate policy makers on licensure. Additionally, the Wisconsin Chapter’s lobbyist presented insightful tips on hiring and working with a lobbyist.

The Summit concluded with a joint ASLA and CLARB presentation of the results of the joint ASLA/CLARB licensure threat readiness survey followed by breakout group presentations on ideas for developing effective chapter/board relationships and on identifying creative ways to educate legislators. Also woven throughout the two days were “pecha kucha” chapter sharing sessions, with each chapter having the opportunity to highlight recent advocacy efforts.

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