February 2018  

President's Report

With the weather finally starting to warm up a bit, I’m hoping that Winter is firmly positioned in the rear-view mirror – but that means that Spring is quickly approaching. And with it comes our Central States Conference planned in Downtown KC April 11-13, 2018.

Through the work of our conference planning committee, all the pieces are starting to come together for an outstanding event.  We are quickly approaching a sellout for sponsorships and booths – so if you know of vendors that want to participate, please tell them time is of the essence!  Our educational sessions and slate of speakers have all been confirmed, and registration for the event is open.

The 2018 Chapter and Central States Awards submittals were due last week, and it appears we had 65 entries for Central States and 16 entries for our PGASLA Chapter Awards.  Best wishes to everyone who entered.  Make sure to mark your calendars for the PGASLA Awards Gala to be held at the conclusion of the Central States conference at the Downtown Marriott on Friday, April 13th at 6:00pm.  Use the link to the Central States Conference website and purchase your tickets for the conference and the gala as separate events there.  All conference information can be found at:

Our Executive Committee has agreed to make a new $5,000 contribution to ASLA National in support of the Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C.  This contribution was made possible through the on-going success of our Chapter’s efforts to efficiently manage our resources, and reflects our commitment to our profession and the role the Center plays in education and outreach.

We also have a couple of openings available to assist with Chapter activities – namely the Membership Chair and the Sponsorship Chair.  Steve Winslow has graciously led our sponsorship activities recently, and his “swan song” is making the Central States Conference sponsorship and expo hall a success.  Please join me in thanking him for his efforts on behalf of our Chapter!  If you are interested in serving in either of these roles for PGASLA, please e-mail me directly at

Many thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors who are continually expanding the range of activities for our members and creating involvement opportunities in our communities. Our new website is also taking shape nicely and should be rolled out soon, with the intent to better reflect our member involvement at these events.

Our Chapter is turning over a new leaf with a brand-new look – and our future is bright!  We welcome more member involvement to continue guiding our growth and helping us take the next step together.  Hope to see you soon!


Wm. Christopher Cline, PLA, ASLA
President, Prairie Gateway Chapter

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Central States ASLA Conference

Registration is open!

So register now and prepare for 3 terrific Kansas City days and these exciting speakersstreetcar tour and CEU opportunities. 
Early Bird rates expire on Wednesday, March 21.

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Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for Landscape Architecture students interested in volunteering for at least one day for the Central States Conference in Kansas City!  You will be awarded half price registration fees and the opportunity to work with our speakers, exhibitors and attendees.  You will still be able to participate in all of the presentations and expo hall.  Please indicate your willingness to volunteer on your registration form and check the box for your half price registration fee.

Specifically, Prairie Gateway Chapter of ASLA needs your help with the following:

  • Serving as ambassador for the KC region
  • Assisting with Room set-up
  • Collecting and distributing LACES CEU forms and questionnaires
  • Guiding and directing attendees
  • Passing out information
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Diamond Level Sponsor

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Social Club

We invite you to join us March 29th, as we welcome the Spring season with some good ‘ol fashioned axe throwing! This event will kick off our 2018 year of Social Club gatherings with food and drink, wood, axes, and good times. Grab you office-mates and test your skills. Flannel recommended. CLOSE TOED SHOES required! 

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Trustee Report

Submitted by David Contag
February 27, 2018

We had another great Advocacy Day at the statehouse in Kansas and collectively met with 15 Kansas legislators.  We had a BBQ lunch with Senator Dan Kerschen and his wife Doreen and our lobbyists at Gaches Braden.  We have no pending legislation that affects our profession currently and since we have been meeting with our legislators regularly, they are very aware of what LA’s do and how we can have a positive impact on issues of health, safety and welfare.  The photo below from left to right is Chris Cline, Brian Roth, Rachel Rankin, David Stokes, Dede Brokesh and David Contag.

Missouri Advocacy Day is coming up next week on March 6th.  Contact Brian Roth at to let him know you would like to attend.  We do Advocacy Day with the St. Louis chapter.  Let Brian know if you can go. We have a few bills that affect our licensure in Missouri.  You will be trained as a lobbyist on the spot, so no previous advocacy experience is necessary!

We are looking for student volunteers to assist with the Central States conference in April.  Students will get 50% off their registration fee and can help with room set-up, CEU forms, and becoming ambassadors for our Kansas region and Kansas City.  Check out the website soon to indicate you can assist on one or both days and get your reduced registration.  We look forward to a great conference.    

Please contact me at if you have any questions. The following is an update from ASLA from February 21, 2018:

Executive Offices

  • President Gregory Miller, FASLA, attended the New Jersey Chapter Annual Meeting last week in Atlantic City where he shared ASLA news with attendees and participated in a session with students from Rutgers University. The chapter also hosted him at a dinner with chapter leaders and keynote speakers. LAM Editor Brad McKee also attended the meeting and delivered the keynote address to open the meeting. His talk focused on policy and regulatory threats to the environment within a landscape architecture framework. The theme of the meeting was “From the Ground Up.”

  • Also last week, President Miller was the keynote speaker at Texas A&M University.  His keynote focused on the future of the profession and the value of connections.  Miller also participated in their design charrette. 

  • Immediate Past President Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, attended the Upstate New York Chapter annual reception and awards ceremony on February 9 in snowy Ithaca, NY.  She presented an Introduction to SITES® and provided an update about the use of the ASLA Center and ASLA advocacy.
  • Immediate Past President Rinner was also the keynote speaker at the student-led Wreckshop at Texas Tech, February 2-3, in Lubbock. In addition to Rinner’s speech on “Connectivity,” she also served on a professional Q&A panel and participated in portfolio reviews.  Past Professional Practice VP Hunter Beckham, FASLA, also presented an “Introduction to SITES” to the students.

  • Special Assistant Keith Swann presented on ASLA’s green roof, the Center, SITES, and the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA, last week. With over 200 attendees, the presentation was part of the botanical garden’s winter symposium.

  • With the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project ramping up, communications and fundraising needs are also ramping up.  To expand capacity to support these needs, Kevin Fry has been brought on board as a consultant.  Fry has a deep background in communications and program/project management, as well as grant writing and fundraising. Some of his first assignments are developing a new prospectus for potential funders, expanding and updating information on the web, and creating additional communications materials to support the upcoming stakeholder meetings. Fry will also support outreach activities to stakeholders and potential funders.

  • Staff continue to focus on the 2017 Baldrige feedback report and preparation of the 2018 application.  Recent process improvements resulting from discussion of the feedback report include enhancements to the staff onboarding system and “buddy” assignments.  The need for more systematic collection and analysis of data/surveys/feedback was also identified andwill be addressed at a staff-wide meeting in March. 

  • Donations to the 2017 ASLA Fund increased almost 90 percent over the total for 2016. Donations to the ASLA Fund support the public and professional education activities of ASLA, its honors and awards programs, and special ASLA projects such as the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project. To see a list of the many ASLA members and friends who gave to the Fund in 2017, please click on ASLA Fund Honor Roll.

Government Affairs

  • Last week, the Trump administration released its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which seeks to roll back the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and other environmental and permitting processes for infrastructure projects. The plan also calls for states to accept workers with out-of-state licenses for projects.  ASLA is working with coalition partners to determine next steps in addressing some of these issues. ASLA is also urging policy makers to adopt ASLA’s infrastructure recommendations “Landscape Architects Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development,” which calls for fixing our nation’s water management systems, upgrading to a multimodal transportation network, recognizing parks and public lands as critical infrastructure, and designing for resilience.
  • Recently, the Trump administration also released its fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, which calls for a 98-percent cut to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Landscape architects utilize LWCF state grant funds in communities across the nation to plan and design community parks and other outdoor recreational spaces. Currently, LWCF is set to expire on October 1, unless Congress can pass legislation to reauthorize the program. Take action today!  

  • Apply for an ASLA 2017 Advocacy Award. If your chapter or a chapter member accomplished important advocacy goals in 2017, submit a nomination for the ASLA Rising Star Advocacy Award (individual award), ASLA Advocacy Leadership Award (individual award), and/or the ASLA Chapter of the Year (chapter award). Nominations must be completed by chapter presidents and are due no later than February 28.

  • Follow us on twitter to see photos from a press event on Capitol Hill featuring Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Hon. ASLA (OR) and Jim McGovern’s (MA) announcement of reintroduction of the Save Our Pollinators Act (SAPA). SAPA seeks to suspend the use of neonicotinoid (neonics) pesticides until the completion of a full review of scientific evidence and field studies demonstrate no harmful impacts to pollinators. Speakers at the event included Elizabeth Southerland, former Director of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Science and Technology, leaders from several environmental non-profits, and local beekeeping advocates.

Education Programs

  • The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) has 240 active providers offering 1,205 courses. There are two new provider applications pending review.
  • The first phase of a yearlong system update to the LA CES website went live this week. Updates include site-wide font revisions and responsive design pages so that providers can access LA CES on mobile devices or tablets, a new streamlined course approval process, and a tablet-friendly attendance-reporting feature.

  • The 2018 Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest opened. ASLA will be inviting six new participants to add valuable input to discussions and resource development during the summit from June 22-24. If you are a landscape architecture professional of color in the United States with at least two years of professional experience and interested in applying, please complete the application by Wednesday, March 7.

  • On February 15, Career Discovery and Diversity Manager Shawn Balon, ASLA, attended the presentation “Insights to Action–Flipping the Script: Men as Partners in Advancing Gender Equity” at the International Center for Research on Women.

  • Manager Balon, participated in the monthly National Conference for Community Design steering committee via conference call to continue discussions on conference scheduling, call for proposals, and funding prospects and partnerships. Manager Balon will attend the monthly meetings to assist in guiding decisions and planning around maximizing the impact, rigor, and accessibility to the event. The national conference will convene in Baltimore in June 2018.

  • Manager Balon, participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival Building Science conference call to discuss strategies for the Building industry’s presence at the festival. ASLA will host a hands-on booth and will be a sponsor at the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival that will be held April 7-8 in Washington D.C.

  • The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) met February 16-17 for the winter 2018 board meeting. LAAB reviewed nine renewal of accreditation programs, including: University of Maryland (BLA and MLA); Texas A&M University (MLA); Mississippi State University (BLA); University of Georgia (BLA); University of Southern California (MLA); Texas Tech University (MLA); North Carolina A&T University (BSLA); and University of Oklahoma (MLA). Two candidacy programs were also reviewed: The University of Delaware (BSLA) and South Dakota State University (BLA). Additionally, LAAB worked on organizational improvements and processes, including discussion of accrediting online programs.

Professional Practice

  • On February 8, the Environmental Justice PPN hosted a student-led presentation of “A Landscape Architecture Student's Guide to Environmental Justice.” This guide was produced by Kari Spiegelhalter, Student ASLA; Theresa Ruswick, Cornell University; and Patricia Noto, Student ASLA, Rhode Island School of Design. The authors are seeking feedback on the content and its effectiveness in introducing environmental justice and clarifying its meaning and worth to landscape architecture students across the country.
  • Manager Linette Straus, ASLA, and a representative from the North Carolina Chapter and NC USGBC chapters are planning a series of SITES presentations and discussions for the four satellite locations of the chapter to take place in May. A SITES presentation for the Boston Chapter is planned for the end of March, and another presentation and discussion for the Central States conference in Kansas City in April.

  • Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project (CGSDP) update: Manager Straus shared concept design drawings with Monument Realty that were prepared by the Design Workshop (DW) design team for the portion of I Street in front of the Monument Realty property. Follow-up discussions are planned. 

Member and Chapter Services

  • Yesterday, over 45-chapter leaders participated in the CPC Winter Webinar, which focused on the outcomes from the Public Awareness Summit, ASLA Branding and SITES advocacy.  Leaders can access the presentation slides on the Chapter Operations Workbook.
  • On February 13, the Emerging Professionals Committee held an Ask Me Anything event, featuring Gina Ford, FASLA.  It was streamed live on the ASLA Facebook page and remains available for viewing. So far, it has been viewed over 1,700 times. The next event will be held March 13, featuring representatives from the Student Advisory Committee and the Associate Advisory Committee.

  • On February 15, with more than 30 chapters attending, Finance Vice President Tom Mroz, ASLA, and CFO O’Brien conducted a webinar for chapter treasurers.  This orientation kicked off a new quarterly webinar series for treasurers that will tackle key topics and build additional resources for chapters.

Public Relations and Communications

  • The Honors and Awards Advisory Committee met by conference call and discussed tactics to increase the number of Honors nominations, status of awards submissions, and how to raise the profile of the awards ceremony at the annual meeting.
  • Professional Award registration deadline was extended to Friday, February 23. Submission deadline remains March 5.

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Center Updates

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Special Announcement

WLAM Images Needed!

World Landscape Architecture Month is coming up in April, and for this year, PGASLA is planning to highlight the landscape architecture work of our chapter, and we need you help! Please send us images of projects that you would like highlighted on our Instagram/Facebook pages this April during WLAM. You can send images to along with any information to post with the project image(s).

This will help us expand the public knowledge and understanding of landscape architecture in our chapter and broaden the impact of our work!


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Upcoming Events


Join us for IMPACT 2018: The New Way Forward, coming to St. Paul April 30-May 1! Building professionals, sustainability leaders and change makers from across the Midwest will convene for a full day of educational sessions, networking opportunities and discussions around today’s most critical sustainability and green building issues.

Participation in the conference also includes tours at some of Minneapolis and St. Paul’s most sustainable buildings, as well as keynote speeches by Laura Kohler of the Kohler Company and WELL’s Rachel Gutter.

IMPACT is expanding its reach across the Midwest and promoting collaboration among stakeholders, builders, developers and business leaders on sustainability issues that affect the entire region.

Recognizing that the only way to progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future is by challenging – and overcoming – the status quo, the theme of this year’s IMPACT conference is The New Way Forward. Emphasizing the collaborative spirit of green building professionals across the region, we relentlessly build toward a future where everyone in the Midwest can thrive and we continuously seek greater knowledge to inform our approaches in a rapidly changing world. Get inspired, learn more and register today at!

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