May 2018  

2018 ASLA National Advocacy Day

ASLA National Advocacy Day - April 26th 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 Representative Steve Stivers to discuss funding of critical infrastructure programs. This year, we also had the opportunity to include OSU graduating senior Amanda Knight, a past president of SCASLA, as our student representative from Ohio.

They discussed the following federal programs this year in relationship to the president’s proposed budget: Living Shorelines ActWater Infrastructure Flexibility Act and Environmental Justice Act. 2018 OCASLA Flyer

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.

Our first stop was at Senator Sherrod Brown's Ohio constituent Coffee. We expressed the importance of Living Shorelines, Green Infrastructure Flexibility and Environmental Justice to him. Mr. Brown has been a big supporter of improving the quality of life in our cities, and preserving and enhancing architectural experiences.

We then met with staff from Senator Rob Portman's office to thank him for co-sponsoring the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, providing local communities with more options to implement Green Infrastructure in Ohio's cities. Mr. Portman is a long standing supporter of preserving and enhancing natural resources in our state.

To cap the day, Carmine Russo Jr -Ohio Vice President of Legislative Affairs- was awarded the National Advocacy Leadership Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in advancing the Society's advocacy goals, promoting the landscape architecture profession with policy makers, and motivating fellow chapter members to engage in advocacy.

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Ohio Chapter ASLA In-State Advocacy Day - May 16th in Columbus

OCASLA members met with elected officials and staff people from local Senators and Representatives in various districts throughout the state to voice concerns over licensure and de-regulation legislation that has been moving through the General Assembly over the last several months.

Carmine Russo Jr, VP of Legislative Affairs for the chapter kicked-off the legislative briefing by summarizing many of the local efforts that the chapter Executive Committee is taking on behalf of the membership. He also stressed the importance of advocacy, and our continued close relationship with our Ohio Landscape Architects Board.

Eugenia Martin, National VP of Government Affairs at ASLA followed with a briefing on the national issues facing the profession. She also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development. She then finished with a discussion on Occupational Licensure in the United States, and the push for de-regulation bills across the country, and how ASLA is making efforts to defend licensure in all 50 states.

Then our guest speaker, Amy M. Kobe, Hon AIA was given the time to speak about better licensure board and chapter relations, stressing how this is critical to fighting the overall push for de-regulation of occupational licensing in the United States. She also spoke at length about the different bills already introduced in the Ohio House and Senate that we should be tracking.

The Ohio Chapter Executive Committee leadership in attendance, presented Amy with an ASLA Service Award for her many years as Executive Director of the Ohio Landscape Architects Board. Amy will be retiring from her board position in June after 14 years of valuable service to our profession. Best wishes Amy!

We closed the briefing session with our OCASLA Lobbyist, Luther Liggett and his session on how to speak to legislators. His years of insight at the Ohio Statehouse has given our membership a strong voice and advocate on our behalf over the past 3+ years. We thank Luther for his continued efforts to our profession.

Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.


Carmine kicks-off the day with a Legislative Briefing


ASLA Service Award presented to Amy M. Kobe, Hon AIA


Attendees prepare for their Legislative Visits in the Statehouse Rotunda


ASLA National VP of Govt Affairs, Eugenia Martin; OCASLA PR Representative, Doug Boyer; and Ohio Chapter President, Ashley Solether; on the Senate Floor!

2018 Legislative Visits Summary                             

  • Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township/Butler)
  • Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon/Defiance)
  • Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood)
  • Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster)
  • Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek)

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2018 OCASLA Annual Meeting + Expo Recap

The OCASLA Annual Meeting and Expo was held Friday, April 20th at COSI in Dowtown Columbus. There was a total of 190 registrants in attendance and 26 vendors! 

Our speakers Gina Ford, Kristi Ceramie, Thea Walsh, and Kona Gray were incredible. Earning 6 HSW LACES CEUs has never been so interesting!

A huge thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for their continued support of the chapter and Annual Meeting and Expo and to all in attendance for making the day such a success! 


More photos can be seen here!

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: May 15, 2018

Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

Please click here to current postings.

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