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ASLA – Best Practices: Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program

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Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 1:00 pm EDT
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Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 2:00 pm EDT
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Start: Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 1:00 pm EDT
End: Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 2:00 pm EDT
ASLA’s Career Discovery and Diversity Lunch and Learn Webinar Series Continues with Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, FASLA who will present best practices working with the Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program on May 30, 1pm EST. Registration is required.
With over 25 years of experience in urban design, Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, FASLA, has guided the Trust for Public Land in transforming asphalt schoolyards into green community playgrounds through k-12 student participatory design at over 220 urban schools. Register to learn how her expertise as a landscape architect plays a key role in this collaboration and can be replicated in other cities and states through the Trust for Public Land.

Webinar Description
One of the most effective ways to inspire a career path is through hands-on experiences. Community participatory activities especially in diverse neighborhoods like those found in NYC, help to foster increased awareness of the field of landscape architecture and cultivate future landscape architects that are reflective of the diverse communities we design for.

Since 1996, the Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program has transformed over 225 blank asphalt schoolyards, primarily in communities underserved by nearby parks, into vibrant, green community playgrounds – all designed by the students themselves.
Over 7,000 students in a range of diverse neighborhoods have become “landscape architects in training” during this engaging process from measuring their site, assessing drainage and learning about green infrastructure to making equitable design decisions based on how they and their fellow students use the schoolyard. The result is a new playground that not only increases environmental benefits for the school site but also creates a high-quality community amenity for the surrounding neighborhood.
Through this program and ASLA Career Discovery activities, we are opening the eyes of many future designers and environmental stewards to populations of a broad diversity of background, culture, and socio-economic status. It is helping to reach future landscape architects who may not have ever fully understood the profession otherwise.
About Presenter Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, FASLA
Jennifer is a Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist with over 25 years of experience in urban design, parks & playgrounds, green roofs, and green infrastructure and is skilled in a community-oriented planning and design process leading workshops and hands-on community activities. Since 2002 she has helped the Trust for Public Land transform asphalt schoolyards into green community playgrounds through k-12 student participatory design at over 220 urban schools.
With a passion for expanding awareness of the profession, Jennifer is a strong advocate for landscape and environmental issues through youth and community engagement. She has been actively involved in ASLA since graduate school in a wide variety of roles including the Dream Big with Design initiatives, ASLA’s first Minecraft Challenge, and she served as a juror in the Future Cities competitions. Locally, she has partnered with Futures Ignite for several Park(ing) Day student activations.
Jennifer grew up in Michigan, earned a B.S. Architectural Design at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Master of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University in Indiana.

About the Career Discovery and Diversity Lunch and Learn Series
The Career Discovery and Diversity Lunch and Learn Series highlights available resources, explores collaborations and national partnerships, expands knowledge around outreach education, and shares strategies to recruit underrepresented students to the profession.

This series elevates the ASLA Racial Equity Plan of Action which states, “ASLA’s effort to strengthen the pipeline with diverse students begins with the youngest students. As an association, we are dedicated to modeling effective engagement strategies that can be adopted and measured by ASLA chapters across the country.”
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