Updates from ASLA

What’s Up at ASLA?

To help keep ASLA members aware of how their Society works for them, LAND periodically brings readers up to date on accomplishments and initiatives of note. Here is the latest sampling.

Governance and Administration
ASLA held its 2013 Midyear Meeting April 24–27 in Washington, D.C. Meetings included the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Chapters Presidents Council, a new trustee orientation, a BOT/CPC education session and advocacy briefing training session, as well as Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

The board elected three vice presidents who will take office in the fall after the annual meeting in Boston: Vice President for Government Affairs Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA; Vice President for Communications Pamela J. Linn, ASLA; and Vice President for Education Sara Katherine (Kay) Williams, FASLA.

The Council of Fellows (COF) Nominating Committee selected an initial slate of 2013 candidates for the offices of COF president-elect and secretary.

Government Affairs
The 2013 Advocacy Summit Chapter Nomination survey is now open. The Advocacy Summit will be held July 12–14 in Alexandria, Virginia. If your chapter is interested in having someone attend on your behalf, please fill out this short survey to indicate your interest before Wednesday, June 5.

ASLA has launched the new and improved ASLA Government Affairs website—I Advocate—with a video and streamlined policy information and tools to help ASLA advocates be the most effective. Advocates can easily use Twitter, Facebook, and email to contact their policy makers about issues important to the profession. Check out I Advocate today!

ASLA Advocacy Day 2013 was a huge success. ASLA had more than 206 congressional meetings scheduled with U.S. senators, House of Representatives members, and congressional staff. Congressman Tom Petri (WI), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, addressed advocates during the Advocacy Day luncheon.

ASLA’s Congressional Green Roof Tour and Reception is scheduled for May 16. ASLA is already receiving RSVPs from legislators and congressional staff about attending this signature event. Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell sent an electronic version of the invitation to ASLA advocates so that they may follow up with their congressional offices about attending this highly anticipated event.

Member and Chapter Services
Eighty chapter leaders representing 45 chapters attended the 2013 Midyear CPC meeting, held in tandem with the Midyear Board of Trustees meeting in Washington, D.C.

Landscape Architecture Magazine
The May issue of LAM is out and on its way to readers.

Public Relations and Communications

As National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) comes to a close, ASLA recorded and detailed 87 different events celebrating NLAM. Chapter involvement was very high, with 37 chapters (76 percent) reporting unique NLAM celebrations. More events are expected to be reported in the next week. You can view them here.

As a result of targeting major daily news markets for President Tom Tavella’s Earth Day message, a full, online-only editorial piece ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on April 22. Additionally, a similar letter to the editor was published in the Oakland Tribune on April 19.

For Advocacy Day, the designated Twitter hashtag #IAdvocate received more than 50 tweets within one day. ASLA members from around the country tweeted pictures and commentary of their day on Capitol Hill. Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Patrick Murphy tweeted about their meetings with ASLA members.’s basic navigation just went through a complete revamp to make it more user- and member-oriented. The new navigation received positive feedback from members of the PR and Communications Advisory Committee.

New social-media widget links—for Pinterest and Instagram—were added to the ASLA home page.
The Dirt blog has hit a major milestone: 2 million page views. There are now also nearly 2,200 comments on more than 1,350 blog posts.

A statement about Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s introduction of The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act on April 26 was released via several wire services.

Professional Practice
Professional Practice Manager Liz Guthrie, ASLA, attended the National Building Museum’s Industry Council for the Built Environment Roundtable: What’s Next for Green Schools? Discussion and a roundtable luncheon with industry leaders followed a tour of the National Building Museum’s current exhibition of Green Schools and Sprout Space™.

The PPN Online Learning recordings are now available!

The current number of PPN members is 12,469, an increase of 279 since last month and an increase of 469 since the beginning of 2013. Four PPNs continue to have over 1,000 members: Parks and Recreation, Residential Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainable Design and Development (SDD), but this month a fifth PPN has made it over the 1,000-member mark: the Landscape/Land Use Planning PPN. The SDD PPN remains the PPN with the most members, with 2,287.

Education Programs

The ASLA 2013 Graduating Student Survey was sent to all student members with a 2013 graduation date. Additionally, a message was sent to all landscape architecture accredited program administrators asking them to encourage their students to fill out the survey. The survey summary results are archived on ASLA’s website.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) now has 185 active providers, offering 625 courses. There are three applications pending review.

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