Updates from ASLA

Video: ASLA CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Provides Advocacy Overview


In this new video, Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, provides an overview of ASLA’s advocacy work so far in 2018 to protect the landscape architecture profession’s interests. According to Somerville, ASLA is constantly promoting and defending laws and regulations that advance the design, planning, and stewardship of the built and designed environment.

ASLA has rallied its  members to fend off another attack on the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is the only federal program that provides grants for the design, planning, and construction of public parks.

Somerville notes that as a result of ASLA members speaking to their federal representatives on our 2018 Advocacy Day, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Living Shorelines Act. This legislation would create a new grant program for natured-based shoreline protection projects to help guard coastal communities against climate change.

In June ASLA published Smart Policies for a Changing Climate, the report and recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience. The report identifies core principles, key design strategies, and public policies that promote healthy and climate-smart policies.

To learn more about ASLA’s advocacy initiatives and how to get involved, check out the advocacy resources at 

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