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The NJASLA Community Assistance Team (CAT) provided plans and public outreach releases to assist the Borough of Keansburg in restoring two memorial parks destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Left to right: Dave Roberts; Tim Delorm, NJASLA 2013 President; Thomas Foley, Keansburg Councilman; Anthony Parziale, NJASLA 2014 first VP; Toby Horton; Matt Morris.

Community Assistance Team
As part of ASLA's year of public service, NJASLA started a Community Assistance Team (CAT) that conducts conceptual design workshops to aid the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort and communities in need.

The CAT assisted the Borough of Keansburg in restoring two memorial parks destroyed by Sandy. With Holmdel Helps, a non-profit organization dedicated to Sandy recovery efforts, plans directing volunteers in revitalizing the parks and graphic public outreach media releases were created. NJASLA is assisting implementation via donations from the local retail green industry.

Robert Preston, ASLA, and Atlantic City's city planner also proposed a visioning workshop for the Gardner's Basin historic maritime park. Landscape architects, designers and local stakeholders produced five well-received scenarios, and Atlantic City will host a new CAT project in 2014.

Middlesex County Transportation Planner Anthony Gambilonghi stood in front of the green wall display provided by Parker Urban Greenscapes for the 2013 Park(ing) Day installation in New Brunswick, N.J.

Park(ing) Day
Park(ing) Day is a worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. On September 20th, Rutgers University student chapter and E.J. Bloustein School students partnered to turn a Bayard Street parking space into a green space for an entire day in New Brunswick, N.J. The sustainable design, with recycled wood pallet planters and seating, delighted passers-by with a living, "urban green space" message. The student chapter team included Alexandra Duro, Gwen Heerschap, Kim Richmond, Brian Maher, Sandra Grosso, Sara Yildirim, Eugene Hernandez, Mark Lacey, Mike Young, Arturo Sangregorio and Jack Peters.

Rutgers Gardens supplied mulch, plantings and a final home for donations, and Tom Walsh of Parker Urban Greenscapes provided a handsome green wall. With help from New Brunswick officials, the students smoothly managed this successful event. The chapter plans to expand the PARK(ing) projects annually with more member support.

The Community Assistance Team visited Victory Park, one of the Keansburg parks affected by Sandy, with a team member from Holmdel Helps, a non-profit dedicated to Sandy recovery efforts. Left to Right: Tim Delorm, NJASLA; Tobiah Horton, NJASLA; Thomas Foley, Keansburg Councilman; Joseph Ponisi, Holmdel Helps.

Licensure & Rutgers Endowment
As part of a strategy to strengthen the ASLA's professional role in New Jersey, NJASLA petitioned the State Board of Architects to place "scope of services" language into land development regulations within practice legislation adopted in 2009. The carefully structured petition, which is currently awaiting Governor Christie's signature, permits specific activities expressed in the adopted law definitions.

After many years of small direct contributions to support the landscape architecture program at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (aka Cook College, CAES), NJASLA established a stable endowment fund with $50,000 from reserved funds. This action, spearheaded by 2014 NJASLA president Ilonka Angalet, allows direct contributions to a sustainable funding mechanism dedicated to professional landscape architecture education in New Jersey.

Tom Walsh of Parker Urban Greenscapes and Alexandra Duro, NJASLA student chapter president, document the 2013 Park(ing) Day installation.

For more information on donations, go to or contact Jane L. Nordell, Director of Development, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at 848-932-3585.

To volunteer in Chapter programs, contact NJASLA at

New Jersey Student ASLA Chapter, Rutgers University

Parking Day, held on September 20, brought students from the landscape architecture department and students from the Bloustein Planning School together to turn an urban parking space into a green space for an entire day.

The New Jersey student chapter of the ASLA at Rutgers participated in a series of events, from Parking Day to a "gleaning" at the Giamarese Farm in East Brunswick, N.J., in the fall.

Parking Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Bruce Crawford, Director of the Rutgers Gardens, supplied mulch and plantings for the student-designed sustainable planters that were the centerpiece of the event. With the help of Nicholas Tufaro and other New Brunswick town officials, Parking Day was a sustainable success story.

The ASLA student chapter at Rutgers created a sustainable design using pallets for the Park(ing) Day event. The pallets were dismantled and placed together to make planters, which were installed in the parking space on the day of the event.

The ASLA student chapter club hosts meetings every other Wednesday, and to encourage more students to join and become involved with the landscape architecture community, the club decided to hold a canvas painting night. Two huge canvases were purchased and everyone that attended that meeting contributed to the paintings, which are now hanging in the staircase of the entrance of Blake Hall on Cook Campus.

The ASLA student chapter club also participated in the Gleaning event at the Giamarese Farm. Gleaning, also called scrounging, is when you harvest a field for the second time. The purpose of gleaning is to collect all the left over crops from the first harvest, which will most likely not be economically profitable, but in this case will be used to support a good cause. This event took place on October 23, and all of the harvested crops were donated to food banks and soup kitchens in New Jersey to help with the fight against hunger.

The Rutgers chapter took part in a gleaning event - a secondary harvest of leftover crops - at the Giamarese farm in East Brunswick, N.J., on October 23. The harvested produce was donated to food banks and soup kitchens in New Jersey.

On October 26th, the club assisted the New Brunswick Community Garden Organization in planting over 1,000 donated bulbs in various community gardens throughout New Brunswick. In November, the club attended the ASLA conference in Boston, and the club will attend the 50th annual conference in Atlantic City in January, where students will be helping with the tech tarp, charging station, and speaker introductions. The club will also present a sculpture and an interactive structure display during the conference.

New York ASLA Chapter

The New York ASLA chapter provided tours of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens during "Archtober," informing visitors about the native flora garden extension and new visitor's center with a living roof, which earned HMWhite, Inc., a 2013 Professional Design award from the chapter.
Credit: Jennifer Nitzky

In 2013, the New York chapter of ASLA chapter offered more than 40 lectures, tours and events by ASLA or with partners, totaling more than 50 CEUs. Throughout the year, the chapter partnered with the Museum of the city of New York, the AIA-NY and City College to consider the effects and lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy. In April, the chapter celebrated landscape architecture month by hosting an exhibit and an array of programs at the New York Horticultural Society about green infrastructure. Annual design awards were displayed at the Center for Architecture, where the chapter celebrated the winners with a reception.

The chapter's first conference on climate change met in June and took a private ferry to visit several projects along the waterfront. The chapter also participated in the first ever NYCxDesign week, as well as "Archtober" events around the city, and has continued successful Open Studios at local offices to reach out to emerging professional groups in the industry.

Chapter President-elect Nette Compton (left) presented an award to outgoing President Laura Starr at NYASLA's "President's Dinner on the Waterfront," October 10th at Tribeca 360.

Advocacy & Membership
Members of the chapter's advocacy committee appeared before the City Council in June to propose changes to the DOB's regulations to include a definition of landscape architects and allow them to submit projects for which they are professionally licensed to perform. Several board members also made visits to representatives in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues of importance to the profession, including transportation funding and open space provisions currently at the House and Senate. The advocacy committee issued white papers on mayoral topics of concern to the chapter and the Local Law 10 surrounding the use of native plants. Chapter membership has held at 500 professionals and reaches from Northern Westchester to New York City to Montauk, one of the largest chapters in the nation.

New York Upstate ASLA Chapter

NYU ASLA members toured the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology during the two-day "No Excuses!" seminar in June. Presentations included discussion of the science behind green infrastructure from Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, and Katharine Burgess, AICP, both from the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

The New York Upstate chapter of ASLA has a membership of 210 landscape architecture professionals and associates, and is headed by outgoing president Andrew Hart, ASLA, and incoming president Joy Kuebler, ASLA.

The year began with the annual N.Y. Upstate chapter ASLA Professional Design Awards banquet at the Genesee Grande, in Syracuse, N.Y., in January. The chapter presented Distinguished Practitioner awards to Richard Powell (public service), C. Michael Ingersoll (private practice), and Paula Horrigan (academic). Chapter Lifetime Achievement awards were presented to Stephen Buechner, Edward J. Olinger, and Kathleen A. Stribley.

NYU ASLA volunteers collaborated on a landscaping project at the Rochester Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired as part of the ASLA's national year of public service. Rochester-based landscape architects coordinated the installation of plantings in a gateway park during a volunteer planting day at ABVI.

In April, the chapter celebrated landscape architecture month by providing free public screenings of the nationally acclaimed landscape architecture documentary "Women In The Dirt" in Ithaca, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Saratoga, and Watertown. The chapter filled the summer with several exciting events planned in conjunction with the national ASLA year of public service campaign, including 'Pop-Up Parks' in Buffalo, and a volunteer planting day in Rochester.

The NYU ASLA chapter works closely with student ASLA chapters at Cornell University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This year the N.Y. Upstate chapter presented fellowship awards to Chelsea Anderson, Student ASLA, SUNY ESF, and Ryan Wright, Student ASLA, Cornell. In October, the chapter held the annual N.Y. Upstate Chapter ASLA conference, in partnership with the Upstate N.Y. chapter of the American Planning Association in Schenectady, N.Y. The conference was themed "Recharging Communities Through Planning and Design," and offered up to 30 continuing education credits. Session topics included innovative planning, design, and technology, and three mobile workshops were geared around the "Power of Water," "Community Transformers" and "Transportation Conduits." The year will wrap up with the chapter's Executive Committee strategic planning retreat at the Casawasco Camp, on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region.

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