OCASLA In Action for National and State Advocacy Day
ASLA National Advocacy Day - April 27th in Washington D.C.
OCASLA Executive Committee members met with staff people from Senator Sherrod Brown over coffee to talk about infrastructure. They also met with staff from Senator Rob Portman to discuss conserving our natural resources, as well as Representatives Steve Stivers and Joyce Beatty to discuss funding of critical infrastructure programs.
They discussed the following federal programs this year in relationship to the president’s proposed budget: Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
They also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development. Additional information about this can be downloaded HERE. Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.
OCASLA In-State Advocacy Day - May 3rd in Columbus, Ohio
Roughly 15 OCASLA members met with the following state Senators and Representatives:
- Senator Frank LaRose (R, Copley), Chair, Transp., Commerce & Workforce Comm.
- Senator Stephanie Kunze (R, Columbus), V. Chair, Transp., Ag., HHS, Ins. & Finan.
- Rep. Ron Young (R, LeRoy), Chair, Econ Dev, Commerce, & Labor Committee
- Rep. Heather Bishoff (D, Blacklick), Ranking Minority, State & Local Govt. Comm.
- Rep. Bill Blessing (R, Cincinnati), Engineer; Chair, Govt Acct. &. Oversight Comm.
Advocacy volunteers broke off into small groups to meet with the legislators, and discussed the profession of landscape architecture, and those implemented projects that impacted our state. They also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development.
At the end of the day, OCASLA held a reception at Bar 41 at the Renaissance Hotel for advocates to share stories from the day and handed out April Editions of LAM, Your LAND and this infrastructure piece. Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.
In conclusion, thank you to all the volunteers and our lobbyist, Luther Liggett for your time and energy advocating for these important issues!
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Jeannie Martin, FASLA Elected to ASLA VP of Legislative Affairs
The election of the ASLA VPs was made by the Board of Trustees at the Midyear Meeting on April 28-29. Congratulations Jeannie! Best wishes and good luck!
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OCASLA Awards Winner Spotlight: Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center & Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape at the Cincinnati Nature Center
Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center
Design Constructed - Honor Award
Riverside Hospital has long been a landmark along busy Highway 315 north of downtown Columbus. Over time piecemeal additions and modifications to the building and site created challenges for vehicular wayfinding and safe pedestrian movement from parking to the hospital’s front door. Construction of a new Neuroscience tower created an opportunity not only to improve the hospital’s medical capabilities but also the performance of the site functionally, sustainably and experientially.
Read the full description and view all the images for the Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.
Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape at the Cincinnati Nature Center
Design: Constructed - Honor Award
POD Design and Rachel Robinson Design Landscape Architecture, llc
Located at the Cincinnati Nature Center, the Marge and Charles Schott Nature PlayScape provides a unique environment for children of all ages to play, build, explore, and learn. In an effort to enhance the natural experience and extend the budget for the project the landscape architects championed for extensive reuse of on-site materials. The design resulted in a nature play space rich with opportunities for creative play while blending seamlessly with the surrounding region.
Read the full description and view all the images for the Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.
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ASLA National: Update
ASLA National News: April 5, 2017
Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.
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Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference
The Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference is the first conference to focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal of protecting the surface waters in the Great Lakes region. The time is right for a comprehensive look at this important topic of taking stormwater management into the 21st century. The conference location in Detroit is in the middle of the Great Lakes chain and at the forefront of many innovative green infrastructure projects.
This conference is intended for engineers, landscape architects, water quality professionals, government officials (local, state, provincial, and federal), developers, planners, academia, drain and road agencies, conservation and non-profit organizations, and interest groups from the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the U.S., who are working on integrated stormwater management and green infrastructure. Registration deadline is May 23rd.
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