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

Top 5 Faces of the Industry for 2021

The Faces of the Industry series features the stories of various individuals who found their way to the lawn care and landscape industry. They share about their current roles, what they’d like to do in the future and where they’d like to see in the industry change. Click on each person’s name to read the […]

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Changing the Conversation with DE&I with Sherhara Downing: Season 2, Episode 25 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 25 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape and Macey Wollenberg, branch manager with LandCare, talk with Sherhara Downing with Level Comm. Downing is the founder of Level Comm and specializes in creating engaging communication […]

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Faces of the Industry: Victoria Trucco

Victoria Trucco studied architecture in Colombia and had wanted to earn a master’s degree in urbanism. However, her dual citizenship caused her to not be eligible for a scholarship at Penn State. “I had two small children and could not afford the private university for urbanism,” she says. Her husband, Ray Rueda, was relocated to […]

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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.