ASLA Convenes Panel to Make Recommendations for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is convening a panel to make public-policy recommendations for mitigating and adapting to climate change through resilient design.

Composed of 11 experts from across various disciplines, the panel will make recommendations that will ultimately save lives and protect cities from future natural disasters. ASLA urges policy makers to look to urban design as they make infrastructure investments to make communities more resilient and better equipped to recover from disruptive climate events.

“ASLA has identified climate change as a key issue for its members, and for society at large,” says Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “The recent devastating impacts of natural disasters such as hurricanes Harvey and Irma highlight the need for policy makers, both state and local, to invest in climate-resilient solutions to systemic infrastructure issues.”

ASLA has advocated for sustainable landscape architecture at the intersection of design and smart policy, working with legislators and stakeholders on solutions that minimize the effects of climate change. Transportation and land planning that incorporates green infrastructure can provide services for communities, protecting them against flooding and excessive heat, and helping to improve air and water quality.

“We’ve reached a turning point in our history with regards to climate change, and the effects are undeniable at this stage,” says Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, senior program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s environment program and a member of the blue ribbon panel. “We must take the appropriate measures and create low-carbon, sustainable and resilient communities. This includes adapting our landscapes to changing climate conditions so we are best positioned to handle the anticipated consequences while ensuring that equity and the concerns of vulnerable communities are at the forefront of our planning.”

The experts of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel will gather for a two-day meeting starting on Thursday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. The panel will publicly present its findings and policy recommendations in the form of a report in January 2018.

The members of the panel:

  • Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, ASLA president, chair
  • Armando Carbonell, FAICP, FAcSS, Hon MRTPI, senior fellow and chair, Department of Planning and Urban Form, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Mark Dawson, FASLA, managing principal, Sasaki Associates Inc.
  • Tim Duggan, ASLA, RLA, founder, Phronesis
  • Ying-yu Hung, ASLA, managing principal, principal, SWA, Los Angeles studio
  • Dr. Dwane Jones, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sustainable Development + Resilience at the University of the District of Columbia
  • Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, program director for Landscape Architecture, the College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Adam Ortiz, director for the Department of the Environment for Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Hon. AIA, SITES AP, executive vice president and CEO, ASLA
  • Laurinda Spear, FAIA, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, IIDA, principal-in-charge, ArquitectonicaGeo
  • Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Senior Program Officer, Environment, The Kresge Foundation

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