CSLA's 2020 Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Every year, the CSLA submits a brief to the Standing Committee on Finance. This year, the theme of the consultation was: 

Climate Emergency: The Required Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

The CSLA submitted four recommendations. Learn more by downloading the full brief here.

Recommendation # 1 — That federal funds be dedicated to implementing (i.e., coordination, communication, and action) low carbon resilience at all levels of government and society to stimulate the transition to a low carbon economy.

Recommendation #2 — That the federal government include the requirement for landscape architecture services within government departments.

Recommendation #3 — That federal procurement emphasize climate change and low-carbon resilience criteria as part of a qualifications-based selection criteria when sourcing all services, including those of landscape architects.

Recommendation #4 — That the federal government provide major funding to eliminate silos between scientific, planning, and design professions through the creation of multi-disciplinary, collaborative, climate change teams, to emphasize the value of ecology and nature-based systems in the transition to a
low carbon economy.

Add these recommendations to your Federal Election Toolkit

During the 2019 federal election campaign, CSLA members have an opportunity to raise awareness of issues related to landscape architecture. This election toolkit is designed to help CSLA members advocate for better communities by engaging with their candidates. The toolkit also contains useful links to help you find out quickly if you are registered to vote, your electoral constituency or riding, the candidates in your riding and their party’s platform. There are also sample letters as well as sample questions for members to use. These basic tools can also be tailored and customized to more closely address issues in your federal constituency. The CSLA encourages its members to question candidates and to compare their positions on specific issues and educate them on important policy issues that may not be addressed otherwise.

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Call for Abstracts

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) together with the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) invite qualified experts to submit abstracts for oral presentations (concurrent sessions, 30 minutes in length) to be made at the upcoming 2020 CSLA-AALA Congress scheduled to be held in Calgary, Alberta, June 18-20, 2020. Presentations are scheduled on June 19th and 20th and we expect 300 to 400 delegates to be present.

The deadline is November 6th, 2019.

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Colleen Mercer Clarke, APALA, FCSLA, Announced as 2019 IFLA President's Award Winner

Colleen Mercer-Clarke has been announced as the recipient of the 2019 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) President’s Award at the World Congress in Oslo, Norway.

The IFLA President’s Award recognises the contribution of an individual or organisation for the advancement of the profession of landscape architecture through their participation in IFLA. 

Ms Mercer Clarke, current Chair of IFLA’s Working Group on Climate Change, was announced as the winner of the Award for her efforts both within IFLA and the broad IFLA community to lead and coordinate the collective response to climate change.

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award Winner for 2019

The International Federation of Landscape Architect's President, James Hayter, announced at the 2019 World Congress in Oslo, Norway, that Landscape Architect Kathryn Gustafson has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award. This award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow to a landscape architect. Learn more...

IFLA Declares a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency at the IFLA World Congress in Oslo, Norway. 

The move comes following the unanimous support of the 77 voting nations and it maps out an action plan of what IFLA will do in response to the issues the globe is facing. 

(Photo: Colleen Mercer Clarke addressing the IFLA World Council in Oslo. Photo by H. Parnham)

“The earth has continued to experience record breaking temperatures, rapid glacial and artic sea ice loss, drought and wildfires and repeated extreme weather events,” said IFLA President, James Hayter.

“Climate change has already significantly affected the majority of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and species.”

“By declaring an emergency we’re adding to the voice of IFLA to the growing list of organisations across the globe who are demanding more action.”

Colleen Mercer Clarke, Chair of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation, and Hope Parnham, CSLA's President-Elect, are co-chairs of IFLA's Climate Change Working Group, which proposed the ClimateACTION! Plan. The plan, adopted by IFLA, outlines an engagement model with members, partners, allied professions researchers and educators, to bring about a programme of real change.

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The Canadian Landscape Charter Goes on a Road Trip in 2019 - Sponsored by Equiparc

Are you interested in discussing the Canadian Landscape Charter? Its applicability? Its reach?

Join Jean Landry in discussion during the Canadian Landscape Charter Tour Sessions, in partnership with CSLA component associations and Universities across Canada, to learn about the Charter and participate in an ongoing conversation about the recognition, management, protection, and celebration of Canada’s landscapes.

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Call All Canadian Students of Landscape Architecture

The Vimy Foundation launches a Canadian student concept design competition by an individual or a team for a water feature for the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, Vimy Ridge, France. The deadline is January 6th, 2020. Learn more...

National Urban Design Awards: Call for submissions

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) are pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 2020 National Urban Design Awards (NUDA).

The deadline to submit online is December 19th, 2019.

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In Memoriam

Eric Clough, BCSLA, CSLA, June 23, 1930 – August 18, 2019

Eric Clough died peacefully while working at his desk, at his home, in Paradise Valley, Winlaw, British Columbia, on August 18th. He was 89 years old. 

Eric began practice in 1954 in California, one of the first Landscape Architects to recognize the need for drought tolerant species in xeric landscapes. He brought that sensibility north in the late 60’s where he and his family built a community 3 miles from the closest power. They started a native plant nursery that supplied many of the projects Eric designed throughout the Okanagan and the Kootenays. Building a practice without power or a phone was but one of many challenges Eric overcame during his 65 years as a Landscape Architect. When he began receiving his old age pension and CPP he pledged to work at least 50% of his time pro bono. Two major community housing projects for seniors in the Slocan Valley are but a small part of that legacy.  

Eric was years ahead of his time, a leader in our field, a mentor and creator. 

A memorial service will be held at the Vallican Whole, Vallican BC on October 6. Contributions in Eric’s name may be made to the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society at 3650 Passmore Old Road, Winlaw, BC VOG 2JO.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation Establishes New International Landscape Architecture Prize

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), a non-profit Washington, D.C.-based education and advocacy organization, announced that it will establish an international landscape architecture prize (“Prize”) to be conferred biennially. This is the first and only international landscape architecture prize that includes a US$100,000 monetary award. In addition, the Prize features two years of related public engagement activities to honor a living practitioner, collaborative or team for their creative, courageous, and visionary work in the field of landscape architecture. The inaugural Prize will be awarded in 2021.Learn more...

Endorse the Canadian Landscape Charter! 

Add your name to the list of signatories of the Canadian Landscape Charter by adding your endorsement, and learn about other ways you can support the Charter.

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News and Resources from the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation

Climate's Changing: How will YOU respond?

Read the Committee on Climate Adaptation's helpful tool entitled Nine Steps to Help you Plan and Design for the New Climate

LO! Carbon, vol 21, no 1

Ten years. Is it enough time to change societal behaviour, to change our behaviour as landscape architects, to make the move to low carbon in our projects, in our designs? There’s hope out there, but we can do more, as we uncover in this Spring 2019 issue of LANDSCAPES I PAYSAGES.

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Adaptation Primers Available as a Free Download from the CSLA Website

The Primers are divided into four manuals:

  • Button.pngPrimer One summarizes current science on climate change, and what it means for Canada.
  • Primer Two focuses on framing policy and planning approaches to mitigation and adaptation with special emphasis on building resilience, designing for positive transformation, and ensuring sustainability in ecosystems and societies.
  • Primer Three provides an overview of the opportunities to create resilient communities that enhance public well-being, integrate nature, and ensure a prosperous future.
  • Primer Four focuses on the options for response to rising waters, ranging from persisting in place to migration to better circumstances. 

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LACF Calls for Grant Proposals

 The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2019. Learn more...

Donate now and become a member of LACF by making a gift of $100 or more. Help support our mission of advancing and promoting the values of the profession of Landscape Architecture through research, communication and scholarship. Donate now...

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