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ASLA's Online Learning March Madness Continues

If you’ve already filled in your March Madness bracket, then build out your schedule with this exciting lineup of ASLA webinars coming up—consider it your warm up for World Landscape Architecture Month, just a week away! There's something here for everyone, from smart climate solutions at multiple scales to non-traditional career paths.

Smart Climate Solutions at Multiple Scales, Led by Landscape Architects - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Tuesday, March 23

2:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m. 

Rain Check 2.0 in Buffalo, New York is an innovative city-wide, government-led green infrastructure policy and regulatory initiative. The Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel in Seattle, Washington is a model urban redevelopment project made possible through public and private partnerships. This webinar will compare and contrast these two fascinating projects, which demonstrate how landscape architects are leading the planning and design of smart climate solutions at multiple scales.

These two projects are part of a set of 10 new case studies selected for ASLA’s Smart Policies for a Changing Climate online exhibition in partnership with the ASLA Climate Action Committee. In 2017 the ASLA convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience. Landscape architects and experts from affiliated professions outlined policies that help or hinder community resilience and adaptation to climate impacts. The result was a report Smart Policies for a Changing Climate.


  • Melanie Davies, ASLA, PLA
  • Kevin Meindl, ASLA
  • Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA, SITES AP

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Hear Their Voices: Inspiring Stories from Women Leaders in Design Education

Thursday, March 25 

5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

This diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) webinar is hosted by ASLA's Committee on Education, FREE for ASLA members. 

Join ASLA and this powerful and provocative panel that brings together four inspiring women to share their stories of leadership, resilience, and empowerment as leaders and women of color in design education. Structured as a discussion, speakers will highlight the diverse paths to leadership, recognize the challenges and successes experienced along the way, and discuss how to chart a way forward for women embarking on the path to leadership. Open to everyone, this panel is sure to be a rich and empowering conversation.


  • Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., PLA, FASLA
  • Maria Bellalta, ASLA
  • Hazel Edwards, PhD, FAICP, Assoc. AIA
  • Vini Nathan, PhD
  • Samantha Solano, Assoc. ASLA

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Stretching Our Muscles: Expanding the Influence of the Profession in Non-Traditional Careers — 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)

Tuesday, March 30

1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT

This webinar is offered as a part of the Emerging Professionals / Alternative Career Pathways series.

Landscape architecture offers a wide range of potential career paths, thus the career path of a landscape architect is almost never linear. Many landscape architects pursue careers outside of the traditional path, seeking adjacent careers that help expand upon the profession. Meet three landscape architects who are using their design training and passion for landscape architecture in non-traditional ways. This session explores their paths, shedding light on the profession, its breadth of opportunities, and the importance of collaboration with allied professionals.


  • Dean Hill, ASLA
  • Steven Spears, FASLA, AICP
  • Whitney Tidd, ASLA

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Dark Sky Lighting: BUG Rating for LEED and SITES Credits

Wednesday, March 31

3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT

Join us for this upcoming webinar hosted by ASLA's Sustainable Design & Development Professional Practice Network, FREE for ASLA members.

This presentation will discuss the BUG rating system for light fixtures, which is used in LEED and SITES light pollution reduction credits. Examples of projects that use this method to demonstrate compliance with Dark Sky standards will also be shown.


  • Vellachi Ganesan

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ASLA Regional Climate Action Event: Southern Pacific Coast

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT

The ASLA Climate Action Committee is building a network of representatives from each ASLA chapter and accredited program to convene expertise on existing and predicted climate change issues most pressing for each region. Join practitioners and educators from the Southern Pacific Coast region for a discussion on the diverse aspects of how landscape architects are addressing and planning solutions to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through policy and project case studies.

Be a part of the conversation, and share how you are making a positive change! The Climate Action Network is collecting resources for each region within these categories to share on Advocacy, Policy, Practice, Research, and Funding.

Speakers will highlight the importance of policy and how we can be involved in making and using policy to enact change. Learn from case studies that are building resilience within communities vulnerable to wildfire, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and other climate change issues.


  • Pamela Conrad, ASLA
  • Greg Kochanowski, AIA
  • Dalton LaVoie, ASLA
  • Ronnie Siegel, ASLA
  • Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA
  • DJ Taylor, ASLA

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Virtual events are recorded if you can’t make it to a live webinar. To explore all upcoming ASLA webinars and past presentations, please visit Please note: only the March 23 and March 30 webinars above offer LA CES-approved professional development hours; you may access nearly 200 on-demand webinars available for professional development via, including the Free PDH of the Month webinar, for ASLA members only. Through March 31, we are featuring: Elevating Experience: Methods in Artistic Practice - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) as this month's Free PDH.

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