Environmental justice addresses issues of: (1) unequal distribution of resources such as clean air and water, healthy food, homes, parks, places to walk and sit in public, etc.; (2) inaccessibility of public goods and resources because of transportation, cost or discrimination; and (3) exclusion from facilities and full participation in decisions about one’s community largely because of poverty, prejudice, race, income, recent immigration, or other marginal status. Landscape architects increase or diminish environmental justices by nearly every act of planning and design, either knowingly or unwittingly.
The mission of an Environmental Justice PPN is to provide a forum for ASLA members involved in environmental justice and to support the profession of landscape architecture by pursuing the following goals:
- Create a network of knowledgeable landscape architecture professionals involved in, inspired by, and interested in pursuing environmental justice through education, research, and practice.
- Collect, compile, advance, and disseminate state-of-the-art information and research related to environmental justice practices.
- Provide assistance as needed to support and inform ASLA programs and policies on issues related to environmental justice.
- Support initiatives, programs, and mentoring opportunities that expose underserved student populations to landscape architecture career options and help achieve full representation of perspectives in the profession’s work.
- Encourage members to develop online learning presentations, submit proposals for ASLA Annual Meeting education sessions, submit projects for design awards, and post content through The Field.
- Encourage members to work with allied professionals to develop resources for environmental justice.