Demands

SHORT-TERM

  1. Make a statement
      • Publicly assert ASLA’s commitment to mitigating the climate crisis and equip designers with actionable recommendations.
      • Add ‘Climate Advocacy’ to the ASLA official statement of values.
      • Adopt the climate-related editorial guidelines published by The Guardian this summer, including shifting the usage of “climate change” to “climate crisis” in all communications.
      • Publicly support Green New Deal and secure a seat at the table to help craft the specifics of the legislation
      • Champion an industry-wide action plan that coordinates climate crisis responses from ASLA, LAF, IFLA, and CSLA
  2. Acknowledge and promote landscape architects’ current work on the climate crisis
      • Award and highlight current work by landscape architects in response to the climate crisis through the creation of ASLA award categories for Climate Crisis Adaptation and Environmental Justice.
      • Include climate crisis tracks at every national conference
      • Encourage professionals to publish written work in industry periodicals outside of landscape architecture
  3. Increase and strengthen intergenerational involvement
      • Create recent graduate advisory group, selected by their peers, that offers insight to ASLA about generational shifts in the field and engages with the next generation (high school and college students) to increase interest in and knowledge of the field.
      • Represent younger professionals on ASLA‘s board of trustees. As every state chapter has a representative, every university with an accredited landscape program will also be granted a trustee.
      • Allow CEUs to include community volunteering, environmental political activism and climate-related education.

LONGER TERM

  1. Pursue interdisciplinarity
      • Mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis will be interdisciplinary; students need to be taught how to communicate and learn from people in the fields of science, public policy, planning, engineering, and business. Therefore, educational curricula need to allow for more interdisciplinary learning and networking.
  2. Increase backing by expanding connections
    • Create grants for local chapters to support research and efforts in lobbying for policies that address the climate crisis and environmental injustice.
    • Break down the resiliency competition loop by creating new organization alliances identifying funding opportunities to bring competition proposals to life.
  3. Generate new publications through cross-discipline collaboration
    • Use new connections to create funding opportunities for collaborative academic and professional research initiatives that seek to understand the relation between climate crisis and design and promotes the findings.
  4. Require climate science in curricula and licensure
    • Work with CELA and LAAB to include courses on climate science, taught by scientists, and public policy in core curricula.
    • Work with CLARB to include climate literacy, mitigation and adaptation measures on national licensure exams.
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