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: Jina Rockwell

Jina Rockwell entered the landscape industry by happenstance. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in consumer sciences and earned a marketing MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Before starting her own landscaping company, she had a successful career in purchasing, supply chain, marketing, and business development across multiple industry sectors. Now she is […]

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D’Anna Wade on Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies

D’Anna Wade was her parents’ first employee when they started Wade’s Lawn Service, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. After studying public affairs and public administration, she worked for an international NGO focused on women’s health and rights while also getting her feet wet in consulting, working on her parents’ business to get their business systems in […]

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Faces of the Industry: Nina Williams

For Nina Williams, getting into the landscape industry was by chance. Her previous jobs in the medical field required her to travel a lot and work long hours. “I had been working in the medical field for a long time, and I was just wanting a change and so I was out looking for jobs […]

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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.