Volunteers are always welcome.  If you would like to join a committee or have questions, please contact Diane Sferrazza Katz



  • Create a calendar of educational programs for the year (to include but not limited to: CEU programs, Landscape Architecture month, semi-annual 4 CEUs and a Beer programs, tours, annual conference)
  • Execute all logistics surrounding each of these programs including choosing topics, procuring speakers, venues, CEU learning objectives, writing up program information for communications and determining ticket prices.
  • Host Networking/Social events.
  • Host Emerging Professionals events (Open Studios, happy hours)

Advocacy and Policy

  • To track state and federal legislation affecting the practice of landscape architecture
  • To propose and/or support legislation beneficial to the profession
  • Advocate to state and local politicians on behalf of the chapter
  • Work with NYSCLA to track relevant legislation and participate in advocacy efforts
  • Work with allied professional associations to advocate for issues of shared interest
  • Participants on this committee are on the forefront of environmental justice, climate change and other very timely issues.

Climate Action Committee

  • Organize annual Climate Action Forums to unite practitioners, policymakers, activist groups, and academia in a one-day event centered on a specific climate action topic.
  • Keep the ALSA-NY network informed with the most current climate-related information, news, and opportunities.
  • Foster connections and collaboration with other climate-focused groups and organizations in New York.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion

  • Be a part of the dialogue and collaboration with the efforts of ASLA National and allied groups
  • Focus on taking action at the local level to create a culture of inclusion, promote diversity and bring about equity for our chapter members.
  • Work to dismantle the hidden hand of structural and systemic racism within the field of landscape architecture at the local scale and in particular, within our chapter, board and membership
  • Please reach out to us at DEI.ASLANY@gmail.com if you would like to get involved!


  • Review award categories and submission guidelines annually to determine if change is needed.
  • Announce opening of submission period.
  • Secure another chapter to judge submissions
  • Review submissions for guideline compliance and deliver to jury.
  • Organize awards event, create award certificates and slideshow for event.


  • Come up with innovative ways to reach local K-12 students to bring awareness of the profession.
  • Work with local institutions that have relevant K-12 programs to present landscape architecture to the students.
  • Work with the student chapter of CCNY to keep the students engaged with our chapter.


  • Work with committee chairs to come up with innovative ways to reach local non-members.  Plan events and other ways to engage those individuals.
  • Contact lapsed members to encourage renewal.

Communications / PR

  • Communicate important news and issues between our chapter and all members
  • Work with the Newsletter Editor to compose and distribute bi-weekly newsletter with event listings and news
  • Post events and news on social media
  • Send e-mailers for special occasions
  • Create printed documents, brochures, flyers and posters for events as needed; assist with presentation materials
  • Produce all graphic needs for other committees / events to ensure graphic consistency for our branding
  • Writing and/or sending out Press Releases/Media Advisories for major events and news items
  • Inviting local press to chapter events including award galas, Landscape Architecture Month events
  • Seeking out relevant member projects and events that could garner local media coverage and actively promote these events.
  • Actively working with the national Public Awareness (PA) representatives and the PA Coordinator at ASLA National for national PA campaigns including Park(ing) Day.

Budget and Finance

  • The Treasurer is the chairperson of this committee
  • The Officers put together the budget annually and present to the board for approval
  • Maintain the financial records, collect checks, pays bills and provide monthly financial statements to the board.
  • Oversee the general financial well being of the organization, including investment accounts

Fellows Nominating

  • Find and support nominations for fellows
  • Determine nominating methodology to select fellows
  • Coordinate and write portions of the nomination submission

NYSCLA Representative

  • NYSCLA is the New York State Council of Landscape Architects. It was established to represent all licensed Landscape Architects in New York State at the request of the New York State Board for Landscape Architecture.
  • The Chapter NYSCLA representatives are licensed landscape architects who work with the NY Upstate NYSCLA representatives to respond to issues of licensure and matters related to state regulations affecting the profession of Landscape Architecture.
  • NYSCLA is staffed by an Executive Director who reviews pending bills in the State Legislature and acts as the liaison with the professional associations of Architects, Engineers and land surveyors in New York State.
  • For more info please go to http://www.nyscla.org/


  • Work directly with Executive Director and the Programs Committee to develop an appropriate strategy
  • Create annual sponsorship package , including costs, benefits and upcoming events to sponsor
  • Outreach to sponsors and potential sponsors for event funding and general chapter support
  • Outreach to chapter members to approach vendors/suppliers for sponsorship
  • Help organize the sponsor benefits at the President’s Dinner
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