PLANET Announces Award Recipients

The Professional Landcare Network announced the recipients of its annual 2009 Environmental Improvement Awards. This year marks the program’s 40th anniversary. Of the 134 projects entered this year, 126 were recognized with an award. The judging panel included Matt Triplett, Willamette Landscape Services, Inc., Tualatin, Ore.; Louis Kobus, Fox Run Nurseries, Inc., Alexandria, Va.; Aaron R. Williams, Williams Landscape & Design, Inc., Williamsburg, Va.; and Gerald J. Grossi, ArborLawn, Inc., Lansing, Mich. For more information about the awards program, visit www.landcarenetwork.org.

ASLA Inducts 2010 Officers

The American Society of Landscape Architects inducted Gary D. Scott as its 65th president during the annual meeting and expo. He has been the director of parks and recreation for the city of West Des Moines, Iowa, since 1990. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The president-elect is Jonathan Mueller. Three vice presidents were elected to serve two-year terms: Liz Birkholz, communications; Stephanie V. Landregan, government affairs; and Richard S. Hawks, education. Continuing with the second year of their terms are Pamela M. Blough, finance; Brian J. Dougherty, membership; and Gary A. Brown, professional practice.

ISA Expands Certification Credentials

The International Society of Arboriculture offers an Aerial Lift Specialist certification for Certified Tree Workers. Those individuals seeking the Certified Tree Worker credential have the option to specialize in climbing and/or aerial lift operations. The specialist exams are designed to simulate actual working conditions, with an emphasis on safety.

SSI Releases Rating System

The Sustainable Sites Initiative released the nation’s first rating system for the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. The initiative is a partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden. The rating system represents four years of work by dozens of sustainability experts, scientists and design professionals, as well as public input from hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations.