Environmental Justice at the Annual Meeting

Fallow Ground | Future City, 2015 Student ASLA Honor Award, Analysis and Planning Category image: Margaret Baldwin, Hannah Barefoot, Alexandra Dimitri, Jennifer Livingston, Mary McCall, Lucy McFadden, Margaret Plumb, Scott Shinton
Fallow Ground | Future City, 2015 Student ASLA Honor Award, Analysis and Planning Category
image: Margaret Baldwin, Hannah Barefoot, Alexandra Dimitri, Jennifer Livingston, Mary McCall, Lucy McFadden, Margaret Plumb, Scott Shinton

PPN Live Session: Saturday, October 22, 9:15 – 10:00am, Jackson Square Meeting Room

Fall is in the air and the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO is just around the corner! Please join us for the second annual Environmental Justice (EJ) PPN meeting on Saturday, October 22 from 9:15 – 10:00am in the Jackson Square meeting room at PPN Live. We have been busy planning and networking since the inception of the EJ PPN less than two years ago and now we are looking forward to tackling some bigger agenda items.

At our first meeting, we created a list of EJ projects and people who are leading the charge to eliminate injustices in landscapes and communities around the world. This year, we invite you to engage in a conversation about environmental justice in landscape architecture. Do you have questions or topics that you’d like to share? If so, send them to Julie Stevens jstevens@iastate.edu. Additionally, we would like to know about your projects, so feel free to bring project profiles to share with the group. Suggested format is 2-4 letter or tabloid sized pages. Project profiles will be available throughout the conference in the PPN Live area.

EXPO Reception featuring the PPNs: Sunday, October 23, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Network with your peers at the EXPO Reception featuring the PPNs. It’s now free to all registered annual meeting attendees, and non-PPN members are welcome to attend. Be sure to stop by to get your PPN pin!

Environmental Justice PPN at the 2015 PPN Networking Reception image: Event Photography of North America Corporation (EPNAC)
Environmental Justice PPN at the 2015 PPN Networking Reception
image: Event Photography of North America Corporation (EPNAC)

Annual Meeting Education Sessions

We’ve gathered a list of education sessions in the environmental justice category that may be of interest to your annual meeting agenda:

General Sessions
Designing for Diversity/Diversity in Design
Sunday, October 23,  8:00 – 9:00 am
Panelists: Diana Fernandez, ASLA, Sasaki; Kona Gray, ASLA, EDSA; Mark Rios, FASLA, FAIA, Rios Clementi Hale Studios; Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, OLIN; Ron Sims, Washington Heath Benefit Exchange Board

Field Sessions
FS-003: Beyond the Edge: Two Communities Engaged in Postindustrial and Environmental Struggles
Friday, October 21,  7:45am – 4:30pm
Leaders and Presenters: Austin Allen, ASLA
, Associate Professor, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU; Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, 
Principal Landscape Architect, DesignJones LLC; John Taylor, 
Lower Nine Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development

Education sessions at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO image: Event Photography of North America Corporation (EPNAC)
Education session at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO
image: Event Photography of North America Corporation (EPNAC)

Education Sessions
FRI-A08: Design for Equity: Shifting the Paradigm of Diversity and Inclusion
Friday, October 21, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Presenters: Jennifer Brooke, ASLA, 
Principal, Lemon Brooke; Chris S. Sherwin, ASLA
, Senior Landscape Architect, Hart Howerton; Claire Bedat, ASLA, LEED AP, 
Principal, AECOM

FRI-B08: Shifting the Discussion from Gentrification to Poverty: The Role of Designers
Friday, October 21,  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Presenters: James Brasuell, 
Managing Editor, Planetizen; Kelly Majewski, Affil. ASLA
, Partner, Superjacent; Timothy J. Cassidy, ASLA, AICP
, Principal, Bernardon

SUN-A07: The Politics of Landscape: An International Perspective on Environmental Justice
Sunday, October 23, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Moderator: Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, AICP, 
Chairman, CEO, Design Workshop
Panelists: Kamel Mahadin, ASLA, 
Founder, Chairman of the Board , MK Associates; Mario E. Schjetnan, FASLA
, Director General, Grupo de Diseno Urbano; Kongjian Yu, FASLA, 
President & Principal, Turenscape

SUN-B03: Building a Diverse Community: Increasing African-American Representation in Landscape Architecture
Sunday, October 23, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Moderator: Kofi Boone, ASLA
, Associate Professor, NCSU College of Design
Panelists: Andrew Chin, 
Assistant Dean, Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Architecture + Engineering Technology; Ry’yan Clark, Student ASLA; Bryan C. Lee
, Arts Council New Orleans

Call For Leadership

Are you interested in leading the EJ PPN? Are you passionate about environmental justice issues and want to shape the PPN’s direction? Want to increase your participation and expand your professional network? Want to ensure ASLA’s Online Learning sessions and The Field include EJ topics? Let us know and we’ll tell you more about the responsibilities that come with serving as Co-Chair or a member of the leadership team.

Questions or Comments:  Please contact Kathleen King and/or Julie Stevens for questions or comments regarding this year’s second annual Environmental Justice PPN meeting at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO or if you are interested in joining the EJ PPN leadership team.

by Julie Stevens, ASLA, Environmental Justice PPN Co-Chair

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