ASLA Announces Year of Public Service

It’s time to bring all your good work to light. The ASLA public awareness campaign has made 2013 the Year of Public Service. The goal is to highlight the wide-reaching public service activities performed by landscape architects and advocate for a deeper commitment by all to community service. Learn more about the initiative on the new YPS2013 web site.

ASLA invites current members to submit 2013 projects. Selected projects will be highlighted in the campaign’s Web site and outreach materials. Descriptions, quotes, and multimedia content may be used – with proper credit – on the YPS2013 website, blog and The Understory Facebook page.

To kick off this initiative, ASLA President Tom Tavella, FASLA, Fuss & O’Neill, led a process of re-envisioning the many blocks around ASLA headquarters in Washington, D.C., creating a vision for a greener Chinatown.

In addition, the video above is from a recent design charrette for the Mack Road Streetcape. ASLA’s California Sierra Chapter helped establish a new direction for the Mack Road Partnership’s corridor improvement projects, addressing critical issues identified in community input sessions.

You can start your own project or reach out to your local ASLA Chapter and join an existing project. For a project you’ve started, simply go to the YPS2013 web site and click “Submit Project.” A pre-populated email will pop up, requesting information. Any project can be submitted in which an ASLA member, chapter, or firm with ASLA members provides landscape architecture services at no cost benefit the community in some way.

ASLA chapters can provide access to other projects, too. ASLA and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program have boosted their ongoing collaborative partnership to celebrate the Year of Public Service. Under this partnership, ASLA’s local chapters can volunteer in their communities to help NPS RTCA, providing technical assistance for such outdoor resources as trails, bike paths, and other recreational facilities. Review those identified for 2013 here.

Contact Phil Stamper at with any questions related to the Year of Public Service. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #YPS2013.

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