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ASLA Is Committed to Climate Action

Landscape Architecture Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis

Explore ASLA resources on climate change, organized by type:  

Reports | Case Studies | Awards | Resource Guides | News | Advocacy | Education
 
Since its founding in 1899, ASLA has promoted sustainable land use planning and design, the conservation of critical land and water resources, and the protection of biodiversity, which supports all life on Earth. In the past few decades, ASLA and its members have become more active proponents of planning and designing nature-based solutions to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to a changing climate. ASLA seeks to create solutions that work for all communities. See ASLA public policies.

The Kresge Foundation analyzed more than 30 professional societies and found ASLA to be one of just nine organizations that have “adopted a holistic approach” to educating their members and the public about climate change “that includes adaptation, mitigation, and the explicit consideration of social justice.” Read the report.

ASLA is one of 63 cultural institutions that have signed the We Are Still In Declaration. Some 3,800 leaders representing 15 million Americans and $9 trillion of the U.S. economy have signed the declaration, committing to the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement and America’s contribution to it.

ASLA’s 14,000 members agree to a code of environmental ethics, which states that members will make “every effort within our sphere of influence to enhance, respect, and restore the life-sustaining integrity of the landscape for all living things.”  


Reports

Smart Policies for a Changing Climate

In 2017, ASLA convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change & Resilience, which resulted in a report: Smart Policies for a Changing Climate, lectures and conference educational sessions, and an exhibition at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture, our Washington, D.C. headquarters.

 


Case Studies

Easy to understand case studies outline the many benefits of sustainable and resilient landscape planning and design. The case studies were made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Smart Policies for a Changing Climate

Explore 20 case studies featured in the exhibition.

 
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Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes

Explore 40 case studies on sustainable landscape planning and design.

 
 


Awards

ASLA professional awards honor the best of the landscape architecture profession. The ASLA Student Awards honor the best creative work of emerging leaders in the profession. Explore hundreds of award winners from 2019 to 2005 that offer smart, inventive solutions to climate change.

ASLA Professional Awards

Browse and search for best practice planning and design solutions around the world.

 
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ASLA Student Awards

Browse and search for creative plans, designs, and community service projects.

 


Resource Guides

ASLA's popular resources guides offer smart planning and design guidelines and include links to hundreds of vetted projects, case studies, and reports. The guides are rooted in ASLA's public policies, and many have been shaped by advisory groups of leading experts.

Climate Change Mitigation

Resilient Design

 

Green Infrastructure

 

Transportation

 

Sustainable Residential Design

 

Sustainable Urban Development

 

News

ASLA's publications have covered climate change and related issues for more than a decade. Explore hundreds of articles and interviews.

 

Advocacy

ASLA's Government Affairs team has been a strong advocate on Capitol Hill for legislation that makes communities more resilient to climate change. ASLA also advocates for climate-smart policies and regulations to a range of Federal agencies. Current legislative priorities include: the Living Shorelines Act, Safeguarding America's Future and Environment (SAFE) Act, and the Environmental Justice Act.

 

Education

ASLA educates the public, K-12 students and teachers, and its members on the ecological, social, and economic impacts of the climate crisis. Educational resources created by members focus on how to plan and design real-world solutions.

Sketchup Animations and Companion Educational Guides

Educational

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Explore Educational Resource Guides (K-12)

With the NEA's support, ASLA produced a series of 10 short educational SketchUp animations with Daniel Tal, ASLA, on sustainable landscape planning and design. Each has a companion educational guide featuring games, curricula, and other resources for K-12 teachers and students.

 

ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture

Annual Conference

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Approximately 25 percent of ASLA member-created educational sessions relate to climate change, resilience, and sustainability.

 

ASLA Online Learning

Online Learning

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Approximately 30 percent of ASLA member-created webinars relate to climate change, resilience, and sustainability.

 

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