The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. Major funding for the SITES program is provided by the Meadows Foundation and Landscape Structures.
After years of research and development, the SITES v2 Rating System and Reference Guide will be released in 2014, allowing any project to register and pursue SITES certification. If you are interested in SITES project certification, education, or professional credentialing, please complete this short five-minute survey so we can keep you posted on our progress and understand your needs.
Three more pilot projects have achieved certification under the SITES 2009 Rating System, including the first four-star project! Congratulations to all the team members for the following projects: Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Shoemaker Green, and Washington Canal Park. To date, 26 pilot projects have achieved certification with more to come. Learn more about them here.