Mayor Bill Finch was named an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for his work in education, activism and dedication to the landscape architecture profession.
Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA can bestow upon non-landscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession. Since its inception in 1899, ASLA has inducted only 158 honorary members.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, National Building Museum Executive Director Chase Rynd and U.S. Sen. C. William Nelson (D-FL) were also named honorary members by ASLA. The presentation ceremony took place during ASLA’s annual meeting and expo in Boston.
ASLA stated that Finch has “embodied the principles of landscape architecture and healthy communities.” Among the accomplishments for which Finch was recognized by the society are the completion of Bridgeport’s first Parks Master Plan in 100 years, which will enhance the city’s current parks system and create new parks in neighborhoods throughout the city, and the creation of the BGreen 2020 sustainability initiative.
“Making Bridgeport the cleanest, greenest city in the region, while creating opportunities for residents and children to enjoy the outdoors is one of our highest priorities,” Finch said. “Landscape architects play an important role in helping us reach these goals. I am very grateful for this honor and proud that the Society has recognized all of our accomplishments and all that we are aiming to do in Bridgeport.”