Demand Rises For Climate Change Solutions - Pro Landscaper Magazine USA

Demand Rises For Climate Change Solutions

by | Apr 29, 2022 | Associations, Design, Environment, Landscape Architecture, News, World Wide

A growing number of clients are asking landscape professionals to find solutions to climate change. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) conducted a national survey last October, involving 563 landscape architects, designers, and landscape architecture educators in the U.S. 77% reported they experienced at least a 10 percent increase in client demand in comparison with 2020. 38% experienced more than a 50 percent increase during the past year. The respondents say people are concerned with the duration and intensity of heat waves, storms, inland flooding, unpredictable weather, and loss of pollinators.
Clients want nature-based solutions to climate impacts, with street trees, bioswales, and native, drought-tolerant plants in high demand. 65% of landscape professionals say they are integrating more sustainable and resilient landscape planning and design practices into “all or most” of their work. They hope “advocacy by design” will also help persuade city, local government, and other clients to update climate focused policies and regulations.

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