ASLA releases recommendations for the new USA administration

ASLA released a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for the new Biden-Harris administration titled “Landscape Architects Design Vibrant, Resilient, and Just Communities for All – Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration.”

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East Boston Existing Flood Risks – Credits: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Blue Areas are currently at risk for 21”-36” of Sea Level Rise (SLR)

The report makes specific, actionable policy recommendations in four major areas:

  • Applying STEM-related design principles to protect communities.
  • Addressing climate change through sustainable, resilient design.
  • Supporting green community infrastructure solutions.
  • Promoting racial, social, and environmental justice in design.

ASLA’s recommendations are supported by other organizations in the industry, including the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). 

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Chicago Riverwalk – Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects | Image Credit ©Christian Philips

“Our climate is in crisis. Social and racial injustice issues continue to go unaddressed. The pandemic is forcing us to rethink public space,” said Torey Carter-Conneen, CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). “Landscape architects aren’t just designing resilient, sustainable solutions for all these problems – they’re designing the public policies necessary to support that vital work.”

ASLA and our partners look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration and the new Congress on implementing these policy recommendations that will lead to vibrant, resilient and just communities across the nation.

View the full report at www.asla.org/BidenRecommendations [pdf]

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Dilworth Park Image Credit: OLIN/Sahar Coston Hardy