Landscape Architects Create New Sustainability Resource Guides

Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:15am EDT

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WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)--
The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced a new series of
comprehensive online resource guides on sustainable design and planning. Created
for national and local policymakers, government agencies, design professionals,
planners and students, the guides include hundreds of project case studies,
research papers, organizations and other government resources on sustainable
design aggregated for the first time. The announcement took place at the ASLA
2009 Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago. 

With expanding urbanization and increased competition for scarce resources,
cities and local communities face immense challenges ranging from overburdened
infrastructure to decreasing amounts of green space. Sustainable design
practices can mitigate the effects of rising greenhouse gas emissions, aid in
adaptation to climate change, clean air and water, reduce the urban heat island
effect and increase the health and wellbeing of residents all while providing
significant long-term savings through lower heating and cooling energy costs,
higher property values and viable, livable communities. The guides provide the
"best of the best" resources and award-winning projects that offer real
economic, social and environmental benefits. 

The five online resources include:

* Green Infrastructure (www.asla.org/greeninfrastructure) covers park systems,
wildlife habitat and corridors, urban forestry and green roofs. 
* Sustainable Transportation (www.asla.org/sustainabletransport) covers
sustainable transportation planning, sitting sustainable transportation
infrastructure, designing safe and visually appealing transportation
infrastructure, green streets and reducing the urban heat island effect. 
* Sustainable Urban Development (www.asla.org/sustainableurban) covers fighting
sprawl, sustainable zoning, reusing brownfields, investing in downtowns, open
spaces and sustainable urban design. 
* Livable Communities (www.asla.org/livable) covers sustainable land use, place
making, green schools, sustainable housing, sustainable employment growth and
health, safety and security. 
* Combating Climate Change with Landscape Architecture
(www.asla.org/climatechange) covers site planning, open spaces, plant selection,
stormwater management and other areas.

ASLA is also looking for additional or new resources on these topics. Those
interested in submitting research, case studies or other items can contact ASLA
at info@asla.org. 

About ASLA

Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape
architects, representing 17,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 68
student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to
participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our
cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use the "ASLA" suffix
after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest
ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape architecture
online at www.asla.org. 





American Society of Landscape Architects
Jim Lapides
202-216-2371
314-707-8823 (cell)
jlapides@asla.org



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