Events

Stay connected, and learn more about SITES at one of our upcoming events.

Valuing The Human Relationship With Nature Through Biophilic Design and SITES

June 10, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. | NeoCon Conference, The Mart, Chicago, IL

We spend 90 percent of our lives indoors, yet we’re discovering how being in nature has significant benefits for human health and well-being. A growing body of literature links nature to numerous physical and physiological health benefits. Research shows, for example, that for both adults and children, encounters with everyday nature—a green view from an office window, a lunchtime stroll through well-tended landscapes around schools or offices—restore the ability to concentrate, calm feelings of anxiety, and reduce aggression. In addition, views of natural settings reduce the number of sick days taken by office workers and decrease hospital patient recovery time. This session will describe how the SITES Rating System incorporates biophilic design to optimize these benefits.

Speakers

Danielle Pieranunzi, SITES Program Manager, Green Business Certification Inc.

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Boots on the Ground: Measuring Landscape Performance in the Field

November 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. | American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference, San Diego, CA

There is a growing necessity of using landscape performance to quantify the sustainability benefits of landscape architecture. This session presents methods that every landscape architect or design firm can use to assess multiple aspects of site performance, starting with data sampling basics and including metrics used towards attaining SITES certification.

Speakers

  • Emily R. McCoy, Director of Integrative Research and an Associate Landscape Architect, Andropogon Associates
  • Michele Adams, PE, President, Meliora Design
  • Kathleen Wolf, Ph.D., Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
  • Danielle Pieranunzi, SITES Program Manager, Green Business Certification Inc.



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Shifting Trends: Exploring SITES Opportunities in China

November 17, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. — 4:45 p.m. | American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference, San Diego, CA

The shifting focus in China towards more urban redevelopment and improvements to environmental quality over sprawl provides unpreceded opportunities for the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES). Through an overall market analysis and case studies, this session offers various perspectives on how to achieve SITES certification in China projects.

Speakers

  • Dou Zhang, Director of Sasaki Shanghai Office, Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  • Lingling Gong, Deputy General Manager, Shanghai EXPO Urban Best Practice Area Business Development Co., Ltd
  • Danielle Pieranunzi, SITES Program Manager, Green Business Certification Inc.



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