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Landscape Forms Announces New Sustainability Leadership Position, Appoints Amy Syverson-Shaffer, ASLA, RLA, SITES AP

July 31, 2023
Kalamazoo, MI


​Moira Gilligan
Landscape Forms

​Karen Booking

Landscape Forms, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design site furniture, structure, LED lighting and accessories, is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Syverson-Shaffer, ASLA, RLA, SITES AP to the company’s new role of Manager of Sustainability.

As an industry leader with deep roots in sustainable practices, Landscape Forms continues to advance its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship with the creation of a new Manager of Sustainability position within the company. Chosen for the role is Amy Syverson-Shaffer, who served previously as the Landscape Forms Business Development Representative for Philadelphia, PA. "I grew up in Southwest Michigan, have always had a deep connection to nature, and developed a real bond with Landscape Forms when I was working in landscape architecture,” says Syverson-Shaffer. "So, this new position feels meant to be, like coming home."

"Our company is rooted in sustainability and has been since day one,” describes Michael Blum who currently oversees sustainability initiatives at Landscape Forms in his role as Chief Strategy Officer and President of Studio 431. "The creation of our Manager of Sustainability position marks a great new chapter for us as we’re investing in the next phase of this commitment. Bringing in a full-time sustainability leader is a signal of the strength of this commitment and is a big point of pride for a lot of our team members.”

In her new role, Syverson-Shaffer will be responsible for setting the vision and strategy to implement the organization’s plan for a regenerative future across every aspect of the company. "One of the major goals for Amy in this new role will be to continue Landscape Forms’ leadership position in the landscape architecture industry,” Blum continues. "We’re leaders in design, we’re leaders in culture, we’re leaders in market share, and we want to bolster this position by continuing to be leaders in sustainability—not just by being the best, but by helping others in the industry come along, evolve and accomplish their goals as well.”

Ms. Syverson-Shaffer was selected for the position from more than 200 candidates, with her wealth of sustainability-focused design and landscape architecture experience and collaborative spirit cited as standout qualities. Prior to joining Landscape Forms as a Business Development Representative in 2017, she was a movement leader in designing for equity and community engagement at DAVID RUBIN Land Collective and served as an adjunct professor in the Science of Sustainable Design at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Looking forward toward her new role and the future of sustainability practices within the Landscape Forms portfolio of brands and beyond, Syverson-Shaffer says, "I think we have a real opportunity right now to crystalize all of the good that we’re doing into something even more powerful. It’s an inspiring time to be getting involved in this work because there’s such a strong foundation in Landscape Forms’ core sustainability values, and by applying my experience in collaboration, working across disciplines and putting together teams with different areas of expertise, we can really multiply our positive effects."

About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture, structures, accessories, and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the family of brands includes Loll Designs located in Duluth, Minnesota; Summit Furniture in Monterey, California; and Kornegay Design in Phoenix, Arizona. It has sales representatives throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses; and familiar brand leaders such as Harvard University, Linked In, New York Central Park Conservancy, Bryant Park, Google, Coca Cola, Oculus, U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), Nike, National Museum of African American History (Washington, D.C.), Barclays Center, Adidas, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Microsoft, and Uber. Landscape Forms has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production for 2020, 2021, and 2022 by Fortune magazine, Michigan Manufacturer of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and by 269 Magazine as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces.