June 23, 2011
in Announcements, ASLA, Community, General, National, News
June 22nd You Canâ€™t Do It Alone: Campaign Recruitment Webinar
The focus of this webinar for the Public Awareness Campaign is â€œWho are we targeting?â€
This program aims to rally landscape architects together to become more engaged in promoting the profession to the public. It is also aimed at recruiting help from your own section and coordinating activities with other sections throughout your state. Even forming a committee made up of state-wide members or non-ASLA members would be an excellent promotional tool.
â€¢ There are two phases for the Public Awareness Campaign. The first phase is the â€œ08.17.11. The Understoryâ€ which is specifically designed to recruit participants in the launch activities. The second phase is public outreach with a message of â€œLandscape Architecture. Your Environment. Designed.â€
â€¢ The Public Awareness Campaign has designed recruitment posters to generate excitement and create a buzz for landscape architecture to be launched on 8-17-11. These will be made available to ASLA chapters and landscape architecture or other design professional firms to download next week.
â€¢ Simple events will be planned with the intent of engaging all landscape architects to work together to more actively promote what landscape architects really do.
â€¢ Networking media such as Twitter and Facebook will be used to orchestrate and report on this campaign. Mapping tools such as Google Earth will use a national map to show how each state has a Public Awareness Advocate working together to develop higher visibility and innovative marketing tools for the profession.
â€¢ Stay tuned for how you can show and tell your understory on 08-17.11 very soon.
June 23, 2011
in Announcements, National, PDH
via LAND e-news from ASLA Nationals:
In the first of a planned series of inserts delivered with Landscape Architecture Magazine, the June edition mistakenly indicated in a graphic that Oregon does not yet recognize the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) to satisfy continuing-education requirements
Oregon does, in fact, recognize LA CES and has for some time.
June 16, 2011
in Advocacy, Announcements, ASLA, Calendar, CLARB, Community, Education, Emerging Professionals, General, L.A.R.E., Meetings, Member Benefits, News, Newswire, Social, Sustainability, Transportation, Urban Design
June 16, 2011
in Advocacy, Announcements, ASLA, Community, Education, Emerging Professionals, General, Member Benefits, News, Newswire, Press, Professional Practice, Resources, Social, Student Chapter
- Have you been searching for a medium to showcase a thought, idea or fresh approach?
- Are you interested in providing a Member Spotlight or a review of that new book on your shelf?
- Perhaps you're a guru of current trends in the profession?
- Do you have an analog or digital technique, tutorial or secret you're willing to share with your peers?
- Are you a student or emerging professional looking for an opportunity to get involved with your local chapter?
The ASLA Oregon Chapter Communications Committee is spearheading an effort to revisit, revamp and bring back to life the publication ORegon land, an award-winning publication that has established the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects as a leading chapter within the society! Until further funding is secured, upcoming efforts will take the form of columns, briefs, reviews and photojournalism features in upcoming Newswires, published on a monthly basis.
Act now on this exciting opportunity to contribute and circulate your creative inklings through our community of like-minded design professionals including landscape architects, architects, students and faculty members, political leaders, ASLA state chapter presidents, and other individuals related to the profession.
Contact Communications Chair Christopher Olin for more information.
Stay tuned and look for our launch in the July Newswire!
June 16, 2011
ASLA Emerging Professionals:
Wine Tasting + Nursery Tour Spring 101 Series
On June 9th the Emerging Professionals group enjoyed a beautiful evening in Newberg, Oregon at Oregon Small Trees Nursery. Owner Dave Leckey gave an educational talk about the process of building his nursery, consisting mostly of mature small trees. He explained sustainable growing processes, shared the different qualities of the trees and how their form matures over the years. Dave discussed how these small trees can inspire a design and become a nice accent in small places. The nursery was started about 15 years ago when Dave began planting a group of unique and unusual small slow growing conifers. Today, the nursery is still mostly small conifers with a selection of small maples.
In tangent with the nursery tour, K&M Alchemy Vineyards held a wine tasting in the central gathering space. Ken Morrison, owner of K&M, poured a selection of their Pinot Noir vintages.
The evening out in Newberg was a nice juxtaposition to the bustle of Portland where attendees had a chance to wander around the nursery enjoying wine, cheese and fruit.
Dave Leckey talks about the qualities and characteristics of a tree at Oregon Small Trees Nursery
ASLA Oregon Emerging Professionals 101 Series - Dave Leckey at Left
Special Thanks to:
For more information about Upcoming ASLA Events, visit www.aslaoregon.org
June 13, 2011
in Advocacy, ASLA, CLARB, Transportation
Some of the highlights from our National Office the past month are as follows:
Governance and Administration
EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, attended the Landscape Architecture Foundationâ€™s (LAF) Executive Committee and Board Meeting last week. Agenda items include LAFâ€™s scholarship programs; a new case study investigation program; Landscape Performance Series outreach events; 2010 draft financial statements; and development training.
At the Mid Year Meeting the Trustees voted to keep the requirements the same for Full Membership. The Trustees also requested the Staff Contact CLARB and begin the process for developing a Title for Licensed Landscape Architects that would be universal. The Staff will report back at the Annual Meeting in San Diego at the end of October. The Trustees also voted to update the International Membership citeria to allow them to be elected to Fellow using the same guidelines as Full members.
Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH) recently introduced the bipartisan Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011. Federal Government Affairs Manager Roxanne Blackwell successfully had language included in the bill that would call on the Secretary of the Department of Transportation to work with the American Society of Landscape Architects for research, technical guidance, and implementation assistance of the policy. ASLA advocates will ask their legislators to support the Complete Streets legislation during the upcoming ASLA Advocacy Day.
Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner of the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s (EPA) Office of Water will address ASLA leadership on May 18. Stoner will discuss EPAâ€™s proposed rulemaking that would encourage the use of green infrastructure to help manage our nationâ€™s stormwater runoff and other EPA green infrastructure programs.
ASLA sent letters to congressional transportation leaders outlining ASLAâ€™s transportation priorities. The letter calls for the inclusion of a robust Transportation Enhancements (TE) program, an enhanced Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, the Recreational Trails program, and a national Complete Streets policy in the reauthorization of the surface transportation law. Earlier this week the ASLA Advocacy Network was activated to urge Congress to pass a fair transportation bill that invests in critical bike and pedestrian infrastructure, trails and safe complete streets. We followed up with visits to all the Senators and many representatives during our Lobby Day on May 19th before the Mid Year Meeting. I visited Senators Wyden and Merkley along with Representative Schraderâ€™s offices and had good discussions with their key staff.
Publishing and Resource Development
EXPO and Annual Meeting sponsorship contracts now total 74 percent of the annual budget goal. Advertising contracts for Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) now total 77 percent of the annual budget goal.
On May 5, the Urban Forestry Quarterly Roundtable met at Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., in Gainesville, Virginia. The theme was managing natural areas in urban/urbanizing areas to address multiple objectives.
Public Relations and Communications
Recent ASLA coverage has appeared in the Washington Post(which was syndicated to many other papers around the country), Philadelphia Inquirer, Ridgewood News, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Indianapolis Star, Charleston Gazette, Hospitality Design, Anchorage Daily News, San Diego Union Tribune, Indiana News Center, and others. Stories are in development at the Wall Street Journal, Washington City Paper, Travel + Leisure magazine, Inhabitat, About.com, Women on Green, and Playground Magazine.
June 9, 2011
Held April 15-16, ASLA Oregon's Annual Symposium was 2011's premiere landscape architecture event!
The event was a gathering of landscape architecture professionals and peers featuring Walter J. Hood Jr., ASLA (Hood Design, Urban Landscape and Site Architecture) as Keynote Speaker. 2011's Symposium and Design Charrette provided attendees with a chance to think critically, network with like-minded peers and vendors, attend a variety of lectures including educational and technical sessions and earn HSW + General PDH credits.
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June 9, 2011
Walk Around Portland and Lunch with Walkability Expert Dan Burden!
Friday, June 17th, 2011
11:00 a.m. â€“ 1:30 p.m.
11-12pm Walk Around Portland
Meet in front of PSUâ€™s Urban Center Building at 11am (near the streetcar stop at SW 6th and Mill St.). Weâ€™ll spend about an hour walking around PSUâ€™s downtown campus and end at Terwilliger Plaza (2545 SW Terwilliger Blvd.), discussing walkability innovations and impediments along the way.
12-1:30pm Discussion & Lunch
Meet at Terwilliger Plaza Auditorium (2545 SW Terwilliger Blvd.) at noon for lunch and a post-walk discussion.
Institute on Aging
Dan Burden is one of the nationâ€™s experts on walkability and livable communities and known as the inventor of the walking audit. He is currently Executive Director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the focus of which is to train citizens and leaders in building walkable, sustainable communities for people of all ages and abilities. Dan has spent the last thirty-eight years developing, promoting, and evaluating active, equitable and balanced transportation systems and sustainable communities at national, regional, state, and local levels.
Hosted by AARP Oregon and PSUâ€™s Institute on Aging
FREE - Questions: 503.725.5148
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June 9, 2011
ISA Soils and Trees Workshops:
August 11, 2011 - Davis, California
August 17, 2011 - Spokane Washington
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is sponsoring two day-long workshops on soils and trees. On August 11, 2011, a workshop will be held in Davis, California, followed by another workshop being held August 17, 2011, in Spokane, Washington. These workshops are designed to introduce landscape architects to the ISA publication, Up by Roots: Healthy Trees and Soils for the Built Environment, which James Urban, FASLA, authored for the ISA. These workshops will be run by Mr. Urban and other experts in the field of urban soil and trees. The book, Up by Roots, was awarded an ASLA Honor Award in 2009 for communication. Mr. Urban is a nationally recognized expert on urban trees and soils.
These workshops will cover a wide range of topics from basic soil science and tree biology to solving the kinds of tree design problems that landscape architects face every day in their work. These workshops are specifically designed for Landscape Architects and will cover the technical soil and tree information needed to develop project requirements found in the ASLA Sustainable Sites Initiative. These programs will offer CEU credits through ISA and ASLA LA CES continuing education program. ISA will work with individual states for continuing education credits on a state by state basis.
These seminars are a self-sustaining event and will require no funding or assistance from your chapter except for your chapterâ€™s endorsement and your commitment to advertise the program. The goal is to reach as many landscape architects as possible in your chapter. Participants will fund the workshop though the tuition fee.
For more information contact:
Human Resources Manager
International Society of Arboriculture
2101 West Park Court
Champaign, IL 31821
Phone: (217)355-9411 EXT. 222
June 9, 2011
ASLA Board Amends International Membership Qualifications; Full Membership Criteria Stand
At this springâ€™s midyear meeting of the ASLA Board of Trustees, following a year of research and discussion at the national and local levels, the board took action on two membership qualifications issues.
The first action changes the international membership determining criteria from place of residence to country in which a landscape architecture degree was earned or in which the individual is permitted to practice. A related second motion opens the honor and privilege of Fellows eligibility to International Members, including the use of the FASLA designation.
The second action maintains the current criteria for full membership as ASLA explores, in consultation with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registrations Boards (CLARB), adopting a universal designation for licensure.
â€œThis was the first reappraisal of membership criteria in several years, prompted by advances in the professionâ€™s standing,â€ says Jonathan Mueller, FASLA and president of ASLA. â€œAs such it was done with all due diligence and lots of lively discussion. The board is confident that it has arrived at the right decisions.â€
To ensure that both issues received careful and thoughtful review, a process and timeline for gathering data and input were defined. The Member Services Committee took the lead on the international membership actions, and the Licensure Committee did so regarding the review of full membership qualifications.
Information and input on membership requirements and categories were gathered from other national and international design and planning professional organizations. The ASLA membership was surveyed to gather information on member demographics and attitudes regarding membership qualifications.
In March, the committee reports and membership survey results were distributed to the Board of Trustees and the Chapter Presidents Council. Also in March, a series of BOT/CPC webinars was held to present the information and provide an opportunity for questions and clarifications prior to chapter-level discussions on both issues.
Following the webinars, chapter leaders were requested to review and discuss both issues at the chapter level. Conference calls with the BOT were held on May 3 and 4 to hear the results of chapter discussions and to identify any additional questions or information needs prior to the midyear meeting.
Under the previous criteria, international membership was determined by place of residence. That meant that an International Member living in, for example, Paris would lose his or her international status upon moving to the United States, becoming instead an Affiliate Member, a title more specific to vendors and consultants. Also, International Members were not eligible for Fellows status.
In addressing international membership, the Member Services Committee recommended amending the bylaws to read: â€œInternational Members shall be landscape architects who earned a degree in landscape architecture, or are recognized by a government entity to practice landscape architecture, outside North America.â€ This change clarifies the previous language, which read only â€œresiding outside the limits of the Society,â€ and allows for the membership status to remain intact despite place of residence.
The committee further proposed opening the honor and privilege of Fellows eligibility to International Members and allowing those honored as such to use the â€œFASLAâ€ designation.
At their meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to accept both the Membership Services Committee recommendations.
Full Membership Criteria Review
The successful attainment of licensure in all 50 states also raised the issue of reexamining criteria to determine whether licensure should become a requirement for full membership. As part of the research into this proposal, in addition to the input provided by the member survey and local and board discussion, ASLA membership lists were cross-referenced with state rosters of licensed landscape architects, and additional relevant information was pulled from the ASLA membership database. The Licensure Committee reviewed and analyzed this information and data, discussed pros and cons of the licensure question, and developed recommendations.
The board endorsed the Licensure Committeeâ€™s recommendation that current criteria be maintained to ensure a diverse and open organization and to remain true to the Societyâ€™s stated purpose: â€œThe purpose of the Society shall be the advancement of knowledge, education, and skill in the art and science of landscape architecture as an instrument of service in the public welfare. To this end the Society shall promote the profession of landscape architecture and advance the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.â€
In recognition of the successful campaign to have licensure laws in all 50 states, the board also accepted the committeeâ€™s recommendation that ASLA identify a universal designation for licensure, similar to engineeringâ€™s PE designation. The board instructed staff to work with CLARB and come back with a recommendation at its fall annual meeting.
June 9, 2011
Dangerous By Design 2011 Report Released
Streets Need Better Design!
Recently, Transportation For America, a broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations that champion improving transportation options for all users, released the new report Dangerous By Design 2011, which documents how the poor design of Americaâ€™s streets and roads has contributed to over 47,700 pedestrian deaths over the last decade. The report points out that â€œthe majority of the these deaths occurred along â€œarterialâ€ roadways that were engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles.â€
To address the need for safer streets and roads, Complete Streets legislation has been introduced in Congress, H.R. 1780 and S. 1056. This legislation would call on states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to consider the safety, interests, and convenience of all users, including drivers, bicyclists, transit users, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities, in the design and construction of federal transportation projects. This legislation would implement a federal Complete Streets policy that is flexible enough to accommodate all types of projects in all locations across the country.
Under the legislation, the Secretary of Transportation would work with the American Society of Landscape Architects, along with other allied organizations, in developing technical assistance and guidance for a national Complete Streets policy.
Please take a moment and â€œclickâ€ TAKE ACTION to use the ASLA-provided template to urge your legislators to join in supporting this important transportation policy. Take an additional moment to personalize your message with local projects and discuss whether there is a state or local policy in your area.
State and local Complete Streets policies are helping to save lives across the country. A national Complete Streets policy would ensure that all our nationâ€™s right-of-ways are safe for all users. Take a moment to urge your legislators to support Complete Streets today!
For more on Complete Streets and ASLA Advocacy:
June 9, 2011
June 14, 2011
11:00am - 1:30pm
Ledeboer Seed, Aurora, Oregon
"Review exciting new breakthroughs in Turf... bringing you cost-effective solutions."
This event promises to be an informative and fun filled few hours focused on the Natural Knit Spreading Ryegrass. There will be opportunities to view this exciting product under different seeding rates, mowing heights and even see how it performs in a sand-based sports turf setting. Come join your industry collegues and enjoy a free Tri-Tip BBQ lunch too!
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June 9, 2011
On Wednesday June 15th, from 12:00 â€“ 4:00pm, Pacific Landscape Management will be holding a Sustainable Landscape Fair in Hillsboro, Oregon.
The sustainability fair will include:
- Details and Demonstrations of Pacificâ€™s Sustainable Landscape Solutions Service Offering
- Pacificâ€™s Green Wall Demonstration Project
- Pacificâ€™s Low Maintenance Parking Strip Lawn Alternative Demonstration Project
- Pacificâ€™s Rain Garden Demonstration Project
- Pacificâ€™s EcoLawn Demonstration Project
- Pacificâ€™s Bioswale Demonstration Project
- Pacificâ€™s Recycling Program
- Pacificâ€™s Solar array on Building Roof.
- Oregon Tilthâ€™s Organic Landcare Practitioner Certification Program
- Rainbird ET Manager Weather Based Irrigation Control Demonstration
- Stihl Low Emission Small Engine Technology
- Simplot Partners Organic Blend Fertilizers
- City of Portlandâ€™s Ecological Business Certification Portland
- Salmon Safe Certification Program
- And much, much moreâ€¦
Register for this event (FREE!)
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Download Lawn & Landscape Article
June 9, 2011
Freeman & Jewell Landscape Architecture is once again offering our popular series of preparatory courses for candidates taking the Landscape Architect Registration Examination. These courses have attracted students from all over California as well as 35 other states, the District of Columbia, five Canadian Provinces, Puerto Rico and Germany. The courses for the multiple choice (A,B&D) sections are offered in Northern California approximately six weeks prior to the exam. In the spring and fall, Freeman & Jewell offers weekend courses covering the two performance sections of the examination as well as an overview of the exam as it applies to these sections: C: Site Design and Planning Scheduled for October 28-30, 2011 E: Grading, Drainage and Stormwater Management Scheduled for October 14-16, 2011. Repeat E class on November 11-13. Our Performance Section classes are generally given during the months of April and October. The Multiple Choice Section classes are generally given in January and July.
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June 9, 2011
The Willamette Valley Section of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA cordially invites you to participate in our first Annual Gopher Green Golf Tournament. Please join us for an afternoon of golf in memory of Brian McCarthy. The tournament will be held at Diamond Woods Golf Course on Friday, September 9. Shotgun start at 1 pm. Dinner to follow. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Brian McCarthy Memorial Plaque at the University of Oregon.