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Landscape Architects Sign Letter Urging EPA to Reconsider Actions

EPAMission accomplished! PR Manager Karen Grajales, State Government Affairs Director Elizabeth Hebron, ASLA EVP Nancy Somerville, and Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell outside the EPA.

ASLA and its members have spoken loud and clear: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must reconsider its recent actions.

A group of 1,871 landscape architects and other supporters signed a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to change course and work to continue federal carbon reduction programs and regulations, fund scientific research and make it accessible to the American people, and honor the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement.

The letter is in response to the EPA’s request for public comments regarding recent administration executive orders and other policy actions that will roll back critical environmental programs and regulations.

“The letter reflects ASLA’s dedicated advocacy on behalf of our members who strongly support continued U.S. leadership on global climate change issues,” says ASLA Executive Vice President Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, who also hand-delivered the letter on Monday to EPA officials. ASLA has undertaken a series of actions and statements to uphold landscape architects’ long-standing value of stewardship for the natural environment.

The signers’ names fill 50 pages of the letter, starting with Susannah Abbey, ASLA, a senior project coordinator with the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and ending with Jon R. Zvanovec, ASLA, a landscape architect at Metroparks of the Toledo Area in Ohio. In between are landscape architects and other supporters from across the country and world.

Read the letter here.

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