The American Society of Landscape Architects Applauds the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities

Washington, D.C., September 9, 2015 - The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) supports the U.S. surgeon general’s call to actionpromoting walking and walkable communities. It recommends critical actions key sectors can take to improve walkability and encourage walking in the U.S., where physical inactivity contributes to 10 percent of preventable mortality.

“ASLA commends the surgeon general’s call to action,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “Landscape architects are proud to play a role in leading the planning and design of our environments, which include healthy, walkable communities.”

To learn more about the initiative, watch the webcast on the Surgeon General’s website on September 9 at 10 a.m. EST.

About ASLA

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use "ASLA" after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. 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.


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