Donate Now: ASLA Chinatown Green Street

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ASLA Chinatown Green Street | Design Workshop  


The American Society of Landscape Architects has long put its money where its values are. From its renowned Green Roof, to the reconstruction of its headquarters building, the Center for Landscape Architecture, following LEED and WELL standards, to its newest venture, the Chinatown Green Street, ASLA creates tangible, visible expressions of the core principles of the landscape architecture profession.
Under the auspices of the ASLA Fund, the charitable 501(c)(3) foundation of the American Society of Landscape Architects, these projects illustrate not only the commitment of the profession to sustainability and resilience but demonstrate the role that landscape architects can and must play in shaping human environments.
With urban infrastructure in urgent need of revitalization, we believe its time for new thinking on how the civic realm can better serve public needs and meet environmental goals. What better place to put those ideas into action than the street on which ASLA’s headquarters sits in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The project will transform the public spaces on the entire block, using a blend of green, complete, and smart street strategies.

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ASLA Chinatown Green Street | Design Workshop  

The Chinatown Green Street project serves as a “test kitchen” of innovative concepts and will serve as a national case study for design professionals, municipal officials, policymakers, advocates, and the public — with landscape architects at the forefront. When it is completed, cities everywhere will be able to study the street’s strategies and outcomes and draw lessons that can improve our understanding of how a reimagined infrastructure can enhance 21st-century American life.

The Chinatown Green Street project has received a grant of over $1.2 million from the EPA Clean Water Revolving Fund via the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy & Environment. We are required to match it. That’s where you come in. Your generous tax-deductible contribution, via the ASLA Fund, will enable this highly visible effort to come to fruition, and provide real-world proof of the profession’s central role in solving the nation’s infrastructure and environmental crises.

We are currently in the design development phase, have mustered the support of stakeholders on the block, and have begun the formal process of review by city agencies. The intention is to finalize designs, get final agency approvals, and break ground early next year, but without significant support from within the profession, our goals may not be met.

Please consider providing the kind of support we need to fund the project, but also to prove to our partners, stakeholders, and government partners that the profession is fully behind this effort.

We began with our pioneering Green Roof and then transformed our headquarters building, and now its time to send an even bigger message to the community and the nation by taking our principles to the street itself. ASLA is unique among professional societies in our willingness to not just proclaim our values, but to make them real, for all to see.

Please contribute generously so that the landscape architecture profession can take its rightful place as a leader in shaping the civic realm in our rapidly changing world.

Donors are recognized on the ASLA Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project Honor Roll.  





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