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ASLA Advocacy in St. Louis

ASLA, the association for landscape architects across the United States,
drew chapters to St. Louis, Mo., where they hosted their annual advocacy summit this year.

For the past 13 years the American Society of Landscape Architects, ASLA, has hosted an annual advocacy summit - this year's took place in St. Louis, Mo., where 39 advocates from 32 chapters discussed how to build and improve their chapter advocacy efforts.

The event debuted with the new - Guide to Hosting Tours with Elected Officials, a step-by-step advocacy tool to help chapters facilitate site tours with policy makers. During the session, advocates learned the important role landscape architects play in engaging elected officials on public policies vital to the profession. Site tours are effective opportunities to educate local, state, and federal policy makers on how landscape architects use design to create well-planned spaces within communities.

Another focus at this year's Summit was Transportation policy, in which attendees discussed strategies for building relationships with state departments of transportation, DOT. As state DOT officials are not always familiar with the scope and role of landscape architecture in transportation projects, developing better relationships with DOT officials can break down barriers and build familiarity with the profession.

On the federal side, summiteers received a comprehensive overview of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act reauthorization legislation. MAP-21 provides substantial funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program, TAP, which includes such active transportation projects as bicycle and pedestrian projects, streetscape improvements, recreational trails, safe routes to school, and more.

Relationships with licensure boards was another topic of discussion, this session showcased the important role chapters play in building strong, working relationships with licensure boards. Additional sessions featured an overview of ASLA advocacy web tools, and a preview on how chapters can plan a virtual Advocacy Day.

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