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Issue Brief: H.Con.Res.240 National Streetscaping Week

The Issue

ASLA supports legislation that designates the fourth week of April, “National Streetscaping Week” and encourages designing streetscapes which utilize sustainable design strategies and construction practices to improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of neighborhoods and communities.

Background & Analysis

H.CON.RES.240, the resolution to designate the 4th Week of April as “National Streetscaping Week,” introduced by Congressman Steve Cohen on February 25, 2010, would promote the development of safe, attractive, and environmentally sustainable communities by urging federal, state, regional, and local policy-makers to fund and support streetscaping projects. 

By enacting this resolution, Congress would encourage communities across the nation to undertake physical improvement projects that would enhance the area’s economic viability, attractiveness, and environmental health.  Such ventures can provide a myriad of tangible benefits to communities by creating local green jobs; reducing energy costs for consumers; increasing the property value of homes and businesses; reducing traffic congestion by providing access to alternative modes of transportation; reducing water treatment costs by facilitating natural storm water filtration; providing recreational spaces that encourage healthier, active lifestyles; and reducing air pollution by sequestering harmful carbon emissions.  Streetscaping design strategies often focus on increasing tree canopy coverage, improving stormwater management practices through low impact development, and implementing green infrastructure, which are all techniques that landscape architects excel at employing.

ASLA is working closely with Congressman Steve Cohen and other allied organizations including T4 America, Smart Growth America, America Bikes, American Nursery & Landscape Association, American Public Works Association, International Society of Arboriculture, America Walks, Reconnecting America, Complete Streets Coalition, Alliance for Community Trees, American Rivers, Alliance for Walking and Biking, Irrigation Association, Healthy Lifestyle La Plata , Sustainable San Mateo County, Idaho Falls Community Pathways, WalkBoston, Casey Trees, Feet First, National Parks and Recreation Association  to pass this important resolution that promotes the development of healthy, livable communities through investment in sustainable streetscapes.


Sponsor(s)

Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) and co-sponsors 

Current Status

H.CON.RES.240 was introduced on February 25, 2010 and was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where it is awaiting further action.

Resources

• H.CON.RES.240
• Resolution Text: H.CON.RES.240
• ASLA Letter of Support
• Rep Cohen Dear Colleague Letter
• Streetscape Improvements: Enhancing Urban Roadway Design

 
Related ASLA Policies

Livable Communities
• Environmental Sustainability
• Vegetation in the Built Environment
• Water Quality and Conservation 
• Urban Growth and Development



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ASLA Government Affairs
governmentaffairs@asla.org 

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