Industry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ?

Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective.

Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. 

Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed.  Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your program are truly inviting to all. 

Our Commitment

"The leadership and staff of the National Association of Landscape Professionals are fully committed to empowering racial, gender, and social equality within the landscape industry. By increasing representation by people of color, women, the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities, and other underrepresented groups in leadership roles in NALP we will foster a culture that celebrates diversity. To ensure that member voices are truly heard, we recently held the first, of what we hope to be many, diversity discussions that help us better understand each other and create strategies to build a more inclusive culture in the landscape industry. There are many things we can do to help change the face of the industry. As we begin this journey together, know that we are committed to making progress. We are working to provide needed education and resources for employers to create more inclusive workplaces with pathways for advancement; to share stories that celebrate the diversity of our industry; and to bring new voices to our Committees, Councils, and Board of Directors. We encourage all members to help make change happen in every facet of the landscape industry – including becoming active in the association."

New Diversity & Inclusion Council

NALP President Andrew Ziehler Discusses the Formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Council

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Featured Content

Faces of the Industry: Tim Martinez

Tim Martinez, executive vice president of LandCare’s West division, has been in the green industry for over 30 years. He spent the first 20 years on the golf course maintenance and operations side before moving into commercial maintenance with LandCare. “My time in golf really gave me an appreciation for the technical aspects of the […]

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How I Do It: Breaking the Mold of the Average Tree Operation

Photo: Limbwalker

Like many other companies in the industry, Limbwalker, based in Louisville, Kentucky, had humble beginnings. Cory Petry and Chris O’Bryan started the business with a truck, an old chipper, some chainsaws and climbing equipment in 2004. Now 18 years later, they have 45 employees and more ISA Certified Arborists on staff than any other company […]

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Faces of the Industry: Sharon Chao

When Sharon Chao was recruited out of college by Gachina Landscape Management, based in Menlo Park, California, the company only had 60 employees. The company was growing with one accountant and Chao was brought on to help with payroll. Since then she moved up to accounting manager, controller and is now director of finance. Previously, […]

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Resources


To ensure an inclusive workplace, employers need to assess their policies and practices. NALP HR Consultant Richard Lehr provides strategies for improving your workplace in the June 2020 Employee Law Bulletin. READ MORE

Legal and Human Resources Advisor

Richard Lehr, Esq.

Richard has been working with the association for decades. He is an expert in labor negotiations, traveling around the world to work with clients on labor negotiations. You can email Richard and ask a question about HR issues, contracts, compliance issues, employee handbooks, employee relations, drug testing, etc. NALP members, click here  to contact Richard.