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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.


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Interested in SITES certification or credentialing? We want to know!

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.

30 SITES Projects have now achieved certification

Four more pilot projects have achieved certification under the SITES 2009 Rating System, bringing the total number of certified projects to 30! Congratulations to all the team members for the following projects: East Bay Public Plaza, Square 80 Plaza at The George Washington University, Brent Elementary Schoolyard Greening, and Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Renovation. More projects will continue to be certified under the 2009 system through the end of 2014. Learn more about them here.

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Birdseye view from Franklin Field | courtesy of Barrett Doherty

Shoemaker Green

Through the innovative use of a variety of strategies and technologies, the design of Shoemaker Green has been optimized to capture and control stormwater from the site and surrounding rooftops, provide viable native plant and animal habitats, minimize transportation of materials to and from the site, and serve as a starting point for the development of a sustainable maintenance strategy for the University at large.

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Photo: Birdseye view from Franklin Field | courtesy of Barrett Doherty