The Sustainable SITES Initiative

The SITES program was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been a long-time supporter and stakeholder in the Sustainable Sites Initiative. USGBC has incorporated certain SITES credit content into iterations of the LEED green building rating system. Likewise, SITES has adapted LEED credits as part of its SITES v2 Rating System, when relevant and appropriate. Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) provides project certification to the requirements of the SITES v2 Rating System.

Over the years, the SITES program has received numerous awards, including:

  • 2012 H. Clark Gregory Award by the US Composting Council
  • 2011 Gold Medal Award by the Professional Grounds Management Society
  • 2010 Program Excellence Award by the American Public Garden Association
  • 2009 Green Business Award by the Washington Business Journal
  • 2008 Olmsted Medal by the American Society of Landscape Architects