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Assessment of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects' Climate Change Policies

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Title: Assessment of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects' Climate Change Policies
Author: Merrett, Joseph
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Kelly, SeanGuyadeen, Dave
Abstract: The landscape architecture profession is expected to possess the skillset and knowledge of the environment to mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions to minimize the devastating impacts from future climate events on human beings and the natural world. This research assesses the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects’ (OALA) approach to integrating climate change in key decision-making policy documents and identifies strengths and gaps to addressing barriers to climate change. A review of grey and scholarly literature was undertaken of the governmental and professional landscape architectural climate-change policies to identify climate change action barriers. This research found that the OALA's policies on climate change may be inadequate in guiding landscape architecture practitioners' conduct towards addressing and overcoming identified barriers to climate change. This study focused on providing the OALA with insights and recommendations to afford a more influential voice in future climate change policy discussions.
Date: 2021-05
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

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