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"Trees, Parking and Green Law: Strategies for Sustainability"

Editor's note: Just got a message from our friend Prof. Buck Abbey of the Green Law Research Project at Louisiana State University that we'd like to pass on to you: He writes:

The newest work on parking lot design and written by Dr. K. Wolf of the University of Washington was recently published. The report, "Trees, Parking and Green Law: Strategies for Sustainability," is required reading for anyone interested in the design or reconstruction of urban parking lots. As the author, Dr. Kathleen Wolf correctly observes, legal code, ordinances and regulations are important tools that communities can use to encourage, require and enforce sustainable practices.

The report establishes the idea that vehicular use areas are not only within the realm of design, but are becoming increasingly codified within municipal landscape regulations nationwide for the natural values they bring to communities. Parking lots are being designed according to standards contained within municipal landscape law and are keeping nature, and nature's ability to do work as an essential element in the design of any vehicular use area.

Of particular significance is the discussion of the effects of parking lots on urban environmental quality, common code traditions found in municipal law, green law innovations and the observation on "green parking lot design." The report is complemented by an up-to-date bibliography and appendices which present primary research document excerpts, required reading for landscape architects, urban foresters, community planners, builders, architects, engineers and arborists.

The work was sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the Georgia Forestry Commission. You can download a copy of the report at: www.cfr.washington.edu/research.envmind/transportation.html



"only active participation and involvement will net any return"

I was recently thumbing through your magazine when a heading above a letter to the editor caught my eye. "Not Clear on RLA/ASLA Designations." This is really a very simple question. Anyone who is a full member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) may use the acronym "ASLA" after their name regardless of licensure. Those who have been named Fellows may use "FASLA" after their name.

There has been an ongoing discussion about making a change to only allow the use of the ASLA designation after the name of someone who is both a member and licensed, i.e., that one could only be a full member of ASLA when one has achieved licensure. However, not all states have licensure laws for landscape architects; therefore, practitioners in those states would be ineligible for membership under that scenario.

When all states have a licensure law in place, I would be supportive of a move to limit the use of the ASLA acronym to those had achieved licensure, much as the AIA does.

As for the grousing about the value of ASLA membership, I can only say that in any organization or job for that matter, one only gets something back when one puts something in. Only active participation and involvement will net any return. It is difficult to quantify the immensity of what I have gained from my active involvement in ASLA over the years. I have made professional contacts and friends locally, nationally, and throughout Canada; that exposure alone has directly benefited my business.

Kerry Blind, FASLA
Atlanta, Georgia



"Every designer sees the subject of landscape detail in a fresh light, not simply because these individuals transform the built environment to suit the specific needs of clients and programs, but also because each one's vision of that landscape comes from a particular motivation."–Niall Kirkwood



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