Keyword Site Search

ASLA Named to Distinguished List of Professional Societies
"Most Engaged on Climate Issues"


"Most landscape architects acknowledge the reality of climate change, and as a result their work helps make communities more resilient and better able to recover from disruptive climate events."--ASLA executive vice president and CEO Nancy Somerville

The Kresge Foundation has released its Professional Societies and Climate Change report (* The report is by climate adaptation consultant Dr. Missy Stults and researcher/consultant Sara Meerow, PhD. The tandem interviewed 41 organizations to assess their climate change activities. The foundation based its assessments on 3 pillars: "adaptation, mitigation and social justice," and 9 activities under each of those rubrics. The 9 activities were 1) advocacy; 2) education and information dissemination; 3) external partnerships; 4) funding; 5) networking; 6) recognition; 7) research; 8) standard setting; 9) training.

Nine of the 41 organizations were categorized as engaging in the most climate change activities: American Planning Association; American Public Health Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Landscape Architects; American Water Works Association; International City/County Management Association; National League of Cities; National Medical Association; and the Urban Land Institute.

ASLA has a policy statement on climate change dating back to 2008, but will convene an interdisciplinary blue ribbon task force later this year to develop climate change and resilience-related public policy recommendations.

About the Kresge Foundation
Sebastian Kresge (1867-1966) began his retail store empire with 2 five-and-10-cent stores. By 1912, he had 85 stores. In 1924 he funded the Kresge Foundation ( in Detroit to support the city's development of arts/culture, education, environment, health and human services. In 1962 he open his first Kmart. The S.S. Kresge Co. was renamed Kmart Corp. in 1977. Today, the Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private national foundation focused on the arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development.

Comment Form is loading comments...

Search Site by Story Keywords

October 21, 2018, 6:12 am PDT

Website problems, report a bug.
Copyright © 2018 Landscape Communications Inc.