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: Gabriel Marquez Jr.

Gabriel Marquez Jr. has been in the industry ever since he was a child. His father was born in El Salvador and came to the U.S. as a teenager. He started Gabriel’s Landscaping, Inc. in 1984. Now, Marquez is the president of Gabriel’s Companies, Inc., based in Palatine, Illinois. “I realized it was more than […]

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Level Up: Ground Works Land Design Sets Their Sights on the Top 100

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Ground Works Land Design has the short-term goal of reaching $10 million in revenue, but owner Tony Nasrallah’s long-term goal is to get to the Top 100. He thinks they’ll reach it […]

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Landscape Professional Wade Nomura Shares His Story of Growing, Living and Giving

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Wade Nomura’s life could rival that of “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” From being a BMX bike champ to owning a landscape company to being mayor and serving as a Rotary International Leadership instructor, he has led a remarkable life and he’s not done yet either. Nomura is president of Nomura Yamasaki Landscapes, […]

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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.