The Kresge Foundation has named the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) one of nine organizations exhibiting the most comprehensive approaches to educating and engaging their members in climate issues.
Professional Societies and Climate Change analyzes how professional societies help their members integrate climate change into their thinking and decision making. Researchers found that the professional societies most engaged on climate issues recognize the substantial impacts that climate change will have on their missions and membership.
“ASLA is honored to be recognized by the Kresge Foundation,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “Most landscape architects acknowledge the reality of climate change, and as a result, their work helps make communities more resilient and better able to recover from disruptive climate events.”
ASLA climate mitigation resources includes a policy statement on climate change and a code of environmental ethics, a Professional Practice Network focused on Sustainable Design and Development, a webpage on combating climate change with numerous mitigation-related resources, a resource guide on increasing energy efficiency, and an energy efficient home landscapes animation.
Various articles in Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) and ASLA’s blog The Dirt are related to mitigation, such as a 2014 post on “How to create a climate change mitigation and adaptation plan.” In addition, a working group was formed to provide input on model codes within ASHRAE 189.1 specific to site sustainability and water use.
Climate adaption resources developed by ASLA include a webpage on combatting climate change; resource centers for critical issues like stormwater; resource guides on topics like green infrastructure, livable communities and sustainable transportation; and a new Guide to Resilient Design.
The Society is also engaged in political advocacy and public education on the topic of resilience and social justice. It will convene an interdisciplinary blue ribbon task force later this year to develop climate change and resilience-related public policy recommendations. —From an ASLA press release
February 1, 2017 NewTerrain