Earn PDH with ASLA’s Resilience-Focused Case Studies

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Images: from ASLA’s Smart Policies for a Changing Climate online exhibition

Earlier this year, 10 new projects were added to ASLA’s Smart Policies for a Changing Climate online exhibition, bringing the total to 30 projects featured as case studies that demonstrate how landscape architects are designing smart solutions to climate impacts, such as flooding, extreme heat, drought, and sea level rise.

Now, there are two ways to earn Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™)-approved professional development through these case studies:

In 2017, ASLA convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience, during which landscape architects and experts from affiliated professions outlined policies that help or hinder community resilience and adaptation to climate impacts. The result was the ASLA Smart Policies for a Changing Climate report and online exhibition, which now includes 30 case studies. These projects exemplify best practice approaches to landscape architecture in the era of climate change. The projects include a mix of landscape-based and often nature-based solutions across the U.S., which range in scale from residential and school landscapes to master plans for entire cities and counties. There is also a focus on projects that address climate injustices and meet the needs of historically-marginalized and underserved communities.

To earn Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™)-approved professional development hours (PDH), you may read all the content for the 30 case studies on the Smart Policies for a Changing Climate website, climate.asla.org. Then, complete the quiz on learn.asla.org to demonstrate you have read all the case studies and earn your PDH. Log in using your ASLA username and password for member discounts.

Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel, Seattle, Washington. / image: MIG

The recording of Smart Climate Solutions at All Scales, Led by Landscape Architects, presented by Melanie Davies, ASLA, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect, MIG; Kevin Meindl, ASLA, Landscape Architect and Green Infrastructure Program Manager, Buffalo Sewer Authority; and Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA, SITES AP, Owner, Vaughn Rinner Landscape Architect, on March 23, 2021, is also available on learn.asla.org, for 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW).

This presentation focuses on two projects from the newest batch of case studies: Rain Check 2.0 in Buffalo, New York is an innovative city-wide, government-led green infrastructure policy and regulatory initiative. The Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel in Seattle, Washington is a model urban redevelopment project made possible through public and private partnerships. The webinar compares and contrasts these two projects, which demonstrate how landscape architects are leading the planning and design of smart climate solutions at multiple scales.

To explore all upcoming ASLA webinars and past presentations, please visit asla.org/onlinelearning. You may also access nearly 200 on-demand webinars available for professional development via learn.asla.org, including the Free PDH of the Month webinar, for ASLA members only. Through May 31, we are featuring: Ideas Lab: Four Unique Riverfront Visions for Reinventing the Nation’s Third Coast — 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) as this month’s Free PDH.

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