Shawn Kelly, a faculty associate in the CALS landscape architecture department, was among a group invited by the Obama Administration to meet with the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience – Climate and Natural Resources Working Group at the White House. The visit, which took place on Friday, Jan. 23, focused on the topic of enhancing the climate resilience of America’s natural resources.
The invitation was extended to the executive committee of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), of which Kelly is the Immediate Past Vice President and a current candidate for President Elect. The meeting included a lively discourse on how ASLA could help the council with elements found within the working group’s initial report, including aiding with initial steps toward plan implementation.
Kelly, who has expertise in sustainable storm water management, was central in discussions about making sustainable water management decisions to improve national water security. Kelly’s firm has three projects in the EPA database for urban water management, and his professional practice and teaching all revolve around sensible water management and use.
The meeting was an important first step in this new partnership. Next steps will include greater sharing of data and the identification of point-specific intersections of the work of ASLA and the needs of the council.