ASLA Chapters Advancing Climate Action

ASLA 2020 Professional Research Honor Award. Climate Positive Design. Pamela Conrad, ASLA / image: CMG Landscape Architecture

ASLA chapters are continuing to organize in-person and virtual events to advance the goals of the ASLA Climate Action Plan. Just a few examples:

Last month, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) organized a free webinar with Scott Bishop, ASLA, founder of Bishop Land Design, Immediate Past Chair of the Climate Action Committee, and ASLA Climate Action Plan Advisory Group Member. Earlier in May, five chapters—Vermont, Connecticut, Boston, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—organized the second annual Landscape Architecture + Climate Action in New England Virtual Summit. The event recording, slide deck, and additional resources are available online.

All are welcome and encouraged to take part in these chapter events—many can be attended virtually, and they are often recorded if you can’t make it on the day of the event. Coming up later in May from the ASLA California Sierra Chapter: a virtual Climate Positive Design Pathfinder Bootcamp. Ever wonder how to measure the carbon impact of your projects? Climate Positive Design Pathfinder is a free tool for landscape architects that measures embodied carbon and sequestration of project designs.

Pathfinder allows registered users to estimate the carbon footprint and time to carbon neutral for landscape projects based on site design and management. It may be used for projects in the design phase or already completed projects. The output is the Climate Positive Design Scorecard, which includes estimated years to carbon neutral for the project, amount of carbon sequestered and net impact over time up to 100 years, and embodied carbon profile. The site also provides design suggestions to help designers reduce the carbon footprint in the design phase.

Using the Pathfinder tool is one action individuals and firms can take towards implementing the ASLA Climate Action Plan through targeted emissions reduction and increased sequestration goals for projects.

Join the ASLA California Sierra Chapter for a FREE, virtual one-hour bootcamp for an introduction to the tool and to get started measuring carbon on your projects.

Climate Positive Design Pathfinder Bootcamp
Thursday, May 25, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Pacific) / 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
The bootcamp is now available as a recording.

Speaker Andrew Wickham, ASLA, PLA, is a Lead Project Designer at LPA Design Studios in Sacramento, where he leads innovative solutions across projects of all scales to address climate change. He is an advocate for carbon positive designs and under his leadership, LPA has been recognized as a top user of the Climate Positive Design Pathfinder tool for the last two years. Andrew is a member of the national Climate Action Committee.

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