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Climate Legislation Signed Into Law

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On August 16, 2022, President Joseph Biden signed into law the nation’s most comprehensive response to the climate crisis to date — The Inflation Reduction Act. The legislation makes a historic investment of $369 billion to improve energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help communities adapt to climate impacts.

ASLA prepared a summary of the new opportunities for landscape architects that the bill will create. Importantly, the measure recognizes and funds landscape architecture approaches to address climate change — from active transportation projects like Complete Streets and recreational trails, to nature-based water infrastructure, community tree planting, ecosystem restoration, and more. ASLA applauds this law’s recognition of landscape architecture as a critical tool to address the climate crisis.

Landscape architects are uniquely qualified to lead and implement projects outlined in the Inflation Reduction Act, with a particular emphasis on working with underserved communities. In all, the measure will provide tremendous opportunities for landscape architects to work with all communities to plan and design a more resilient and low-carbon future to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Thank you to all ASLA advocates who helped push this bill through Congress. ASLA’s Government Affairs team will communicate funding and related opportunities for landscape architects from the Inflation Reduction Act once available.

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