All ASLA members can contribute and participate on a national level through ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs). Participation could mean:
- reading The Field, the PPNs’ blog,
- submitting a post for The Field,
- watching a PPN-hosted Online Learning webinar,
- submitting a proposal for a webinar,
- starting new discussions, or contributing to existing ones, through your PPN’s LinkedIn group,
- attending an in-person PPN meeting during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture,
- or joining your PPN’s leadership team!
In addition to a chair or co-chairs, many PPNs have larger leadership teams that include PPN officers and past chairs. Most teams hold monthly calls to keep track of progress on PPN activities, and all PPN members are welcome to join their PPN’s leadership team.
If you are passionate about your practice area within landscape architecture and want to increase your participation and expand your professional network, volunteering for PPN leadership is a great place to start. The commitment would be a short monthly call with like-minded professionals and volunteering to support one of the PPN’s resources.
If you are interested in becoming more active in your PPN, let us know by completing this very short form:
To give you a sense of what to expect as a PPN leadership volunteer, here are just a few examples of what PPN leaders are working on now:
The Community Design PPN leadership team revised their PPN name, mission statement, and focus, sharing these updates via The Field. Led by PPN Chair Bob Smith, PLA, ASLA, the team is looking to add new officers to its team to focus on creating regular contributions for The Field and highlighting the role of landscape architects in all aspects of community design.
The Environmental Justice PPN leadership team put together and distributed a survey this spring. Co-Chairs Chingwen Cheng, PhD, ASLA, and Tom Martin, Associate ASLA, then summarized the results for The Field, and are using this information to inform other PPN projects and also the agenda for their PPN meeting during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture.
The Sustainable Design and Development PPN has continued its longstanding support for the Sustainable SITES Initiative® (SITES®) through a variety of activities and new resources being developed. In April, Co-Chair Kristen Reardon, Student Affiliate ASLA, hosted and moderated the Online Learning webinar West Laurel Hill’s Nature’s Sanctuary: A Green Path to Perpetual Care, now available as a recording for both 1.0 LA CES-approved professional development hour (PDH) and GBCI SITES-specific CE. The leadership team has also developed a “SITES in 10” slidedeck for practitioners, focusing on the return on investment from the client’s and end user’s perspective. The team plans to share the “SITES in 10” presentation with ASLA members prior to the ASLA conference in November, and getting more clients on board with SITES project certification will also be the subject of the Sustainable Design and Development PPN meeting in San Diego, which will be led by PPN officers Jodie Cook, ASLA, and Joshua Sloan, ASLA.
As a Women in Landscape Architecture PPN officer, Kate Douglas Kestyn, Affiliate ASLA, organized a presentation proposal for the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, which was selected as the WILA PPN education session: What We’re Getting Right: Working Toward Gender Parity in Landscape Architecture. In addition to serving as lead speaker on this session, Kate also wrote for The Field recently about BrightView’s GROW (Growth in Relationships + Opportunities for Women) initiative, the company’s first Employee Resource Group (ERG).
All ASLA members may join one PPN for free—to add a PPN to your ASLA membership, or to switch PPNs, please submit this form.
For more information, please review the PPN Leadership and PPN Officer Toolkits, and visit ASLA’s Ways to Engage webpage for more on how to be an active PPN member and how to grow your professional network by joining your PPN’s leadership team.