The Challenge is a call to action for landscape architects, municipalities, property owners, developers, and associated professionals around the world to reduce carbon footprints and
increase carbon sequestration.
The goal is for all landscape architecture projects going forward to collectively sequester more CO2 than they emit by 2030, with a target of removing one gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050.
To meet the goals of the challenge, an online app called the Pathfinder guides designers towards a path of being Climate Positive – sequestering more carbon than their projects emit, ultimately
making a positive contribution to reversing global warming.
The initiative is led by Pamela Conrad, Principal at CMG Landscape Architecture and developed through the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership
in collaboration with Atelier Ten. LAF, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), and the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) have
signed on as advisory partners to the initiative.
The launch comes at an important moment in the rise of climate action advocacy. This week Conrad will announce the launch at the Designing a Green New Deal event in Philadelphia,
and also at Common Ground, the IFLA World Congress 2019 meeting in Oslo, Norway. On September 20, CMG will join the San Francisco contingent of the Global Climate Action Strike .
On September 27, the Pathfinder tool will go live and all Challenge contributions will be recorded and recognized for taking climate action. CMG has committed to the Challenge and is integrating Climate Positive Design into its practice.
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