Collection of the Legislation ASLA is Currently Advocating
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is dedicated to advocating for legislation for the improvement of the landscaping industry and landscape architects throughout the country. The following list is a collection of the legislation ASLA is currently advocating. Each bill is accompanied by a description (provided by ASLA and edited for space) of the specific component they are invested in.
Note: The Great American Outdoors Act was among the legislation ASLA was supporting, but it has since been signed into law.
AMERICA TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE ACT
Advances active transportation while taking into account the safety of all users, use of natural infrastructure, and protection of the natural and built environments from the effects of climate change through resiliency. This legislation would increase highway spending levels by 27 percent to $287 billion over five years.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
It would include a 40% increase in the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP).
PRTOECT would provide grants for resilience improvements through funds distributed to states and through competitive planning grants.
This section would require 2.5 percent of state and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) planning funds be used for adopting Complete Streets standards or policies, or developing Complete Streets prioritization plans, active transportation plans, transit access plans, transit-oriented development plans, or regional intercity rail plans.
National Park Service (NPS) Infrastructure Funding
Through the Federal Lands Transportation Program, ATIA would increase NPS funding to $310 million over five years.
Highway Safety Improvement Program Increases
ATIA would create a new safety program authorizing $2.5 billion over five years for states and urban areas to create plans and benchmarks for reducing pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities.
Climate Title and Carbon Reduction
This section would authorize $10 billion over five years for programs and policies that would reduce vehicle emissions, make roads and bridges more resilient, and support the installation of alternative fueling and electric vehicle charging stations.
GREEN NEW DEAL FOR PUBLIC HOUSING
As seen in LASN magazine, September 2020.