Faculty Associate Shawn Kelly and other members of the Executive Committee of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) were invited by the Obama Administration to meet on January 23rd with the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Climate and Natural Resources Working Group at the White House. The profession of Landscape Architecture was, literally, at the table to discuss important connections with climate resilience at the invitation of the President’s Council. The meeting was held at the headquarters of this Committee, and lasted over one hour.
During the meeting the group had a lively discourse. Individual members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Executive Committee spoke to their strengths, either in education, practice, or management. Shawn was central to the discussions about sustainable water management decisions that must lead us to a better water security for the U.S. His firm has three projects on the EPA database for successful urban water management, and his professional practice and teaching all revolve around sensible water management and use.
The next steps will include greater sharing of data and point to specific intersections between the ASLA and the needs of the Council. The meeting ended with accord that this was an important first step. For more information please visit the ASLA website.