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Benefits of Sustainable Landscapes

The framework for the SITES® Rating System is based on the concept of ecosystem services, or the benefits that people enjoy from healthy natural sysems.
SITES seeks to foster resiliency by encouraging careful design and planning that informs long-term monitoring and adaptive management of the landscape.
Healthy ecosystems are the source of the many less tangible—but very real and measurable—benefits that humans derive from a relationship with nature.
Water is a limited resource that is essential to all life, and sustainable landscapes are those that reduce water use, improve filtration, and promote healthy aquatic ecosystems.