ASLA News – Nov 27, 2013

ASLA News – Nov 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

  • The annual installation of officers was held on November 18, the final day of the 2013 meeting. Newly installed officers are: President Mark A. Focht, FASLA; President-Elect K. Richard “Dick” Zweifel, FASLA (who is also the outgoing Education VP); Education VP Kay Williams, FASLA; Government Affairs VP Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA; and Communications VP Pamela J. Linn, ASLA. Officers continuing their service are: Membership VP Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA; Finance VP David L. Lycke, FASLA; and Professional Practice VP Annette P. Wilkus, FASLA, and Immediate Past President Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA. See the full story in yesterday’s LAND.
  • At its meeting, the Board of Trustees: approved the 2014 program and capital expense budgets and the 2014 Annual Operating Plan; adopted a new public policy on human health and well-being; discussed the status of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™; amended the Ethics Code to clarify procedures and confidentiality; and approved the following new ASLA mission and vision statements:

Mission statement:

Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments.
The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

ASLA vision statement:

Leading the design and stewardship of land and communities.
  • ASLA released a Request for Qualifications for a landscape architecture firm to lead the Society’s Chinatown Green Streets demonstration project. See Green Street RFQ.
  • EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, and other staff participated at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild last week in Philadelphia. The ASLA booth promoted the magazine, SITES, and other ASLA programs.
  • The Council of Fellows inducted 33 new members at an investiture ceremony during the conference in Boston.  COF Chair Patrick Caughey, FASLA, and President Tavella presided at the event. To his utter shock, Past COF Chair Caughey also received the President’s Medal the following evening.
  • The Council of Fellows also held its annual business meeting in Boston. The newly inducted Fellows were recognized and two COF scholarship recipients were presented with certificates.  The council also voted to add an additional scholarship for 2014 in the amount of $4,000, bringing total scholarships to three, all in the amount of $4,000.
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