Florida Senate - 2019                             (NP)    SR 340
       By Senator Perry
       8-00899-19                                             2019340__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing April 2019 as “Landscape
    3         Architecture Month” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, landscape architecture encompasses the analysis,
    6  design, planning, management, and stewardship of the natural and
    7  built environment, and
    8         WHEREAS, Floridians benefit from the licensed practice of
    9  landscape architecture, which assures the design of healthy,
   10  equitable, safe, and resilient public and private outdoor
   11  spaces, and
   12         WHEREAS, landscape architects are responsible for
   13  protecting the public health by creating accessible spaces, such
   14  as public plazas, parks, schools, residential common areas,
   15  playgrounds, and trails that lead to active lifestyles and
   16  healthy communities, and
   17         WHEREAS, landscape architects are also responsible for
   18  promoting public safety by applying land design skills,
   19  technical knowledge, and conservation techniques that ensure the
   20  safety of individuals and communities, and for protecting the
   21  public welfare by purposefully designing public and private
   22  spaces that provide economic, social, and environmental benefits
   23  for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy, and
   24         WHEREAS, there are more than 1,200 landscape architects in
   25  Florida who are licensed by the Florida Board of Landscape
   26  Architecture through the Department of Business and Professional
   27  Regulation and have met the education, examination, and
   28  experience requirements imposed by the board, and
   29         WHEREAS, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
   30  (STEM) knowledge is at the core of the professional practice of
   31  landscape architecture and informs landscape architects as
   32  innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve
   33  the most pressing challenges facing Florida’s communities, and
   34         WHEREAS, landscape architects promote security and safety
   35  through transportation design and planning of multi-use
   36  transportation corridors that accommodate all users, including
   37  pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and people who use public
   38  transportation, including people with disabilities, while also
   39  protecting sidewalks, public plazas, and other vulnerable
   40  outdoor areas from potential attackers and security threats, and
   41         WHEREAS, landscape architects are leaders in creating
   42  resilient and green infrastructure designs that address erosion
   43  and sediment control, stormwater management, and strategies to
   44  mitigate the effects of sea level rise and flood waters, thus
   45  allowing communities to better withstand and respond to severe
   46  weather events and lessening the need for state and local funds
   47  and resources in disaster-recovery efforts, and
   48         WHEREAS, landscape architects are leaders in creating
   49  sustainable landscapes, helping to reduce water demand and
   50  energy consumption, conserve and restore natural resources,
   51  preserve wildlife habitats, improve air quality, and regulate
   52  climate, and
   53         WHEREAS, landscape architects believe in and prioritize the
   54  fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people
   55  regardless of race, national origin, education level, or income
   56  with regard to the development and implementation of public
   57  designs and plans, and
   58         WHEREAS, Florida’s economy benefits from licensed landscape
   59  architects through the creation of inviting and safe spaces for
   60  the public, residents, and tourists alike, while simultaneously
   61  protecting the environment and associated ecological systems,
   62  and
   63         WHEREAS, the University of Florida and Florida
   64  International University have accredited landscape architecture
   65  programs, preparing students to be the next generation of
   66  leaders and innovators in landscape architecture in Florida,
   69  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   71         That April 2019 is recognized as “Landscape Architecture
   72  Month” in Florida.