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American Society of Landscape Architects
Barbra Rodriguez
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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U.S. Botanic Garden

News Releases


Feb. 04, 2014: Four Landscape Projects Bring Total to 30 Certified by National Sustainability Rating System


Nov. 15, 2013: National Sustainability Rating System Certifies Three New Landscape Projects

Aug. 13, 2013: National Sustainability Rating System Certifies Eight New Landscape Projects

Mar. 5, 2013: New SITES Certified Projects


Sept. 26, 2012: SITES™ Public Comment Period Opens

Sept. 17, 2012: National Sustainability Rating System Certifies Eight Landscape Projects

Jan. 25, 2012: First Projects Certified by SITES™ National Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes


May 25, 2010: Pilot Projects Put Sustainable Landscape Rating System into Action


Nov. 5, 2009: New Landscape Rating System to Transform the Industry, Complete Green Building Puzzle

Sept. 18, 2009: Pilot Projects to Test First National Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes


Nov. 10, 2008: Report Offers First Comprehensive Look at Creating Sustainable Landscapes

Oct. 4, 2008: Many Save On Utility Bills Indoors, But Not With Their Yard, Lawn, or Garden

June 17, 2008: Landscapes Structures commits $200,000 to Sustainable Sites Initiative


Nov. 1, 2007: New Report Brings Sustainable Landscapes Mainstream

Oct. 6, 2007: Green Building Moves Outdoors

Selected Articles

About SITES Pilot Program only:


Houston Chronicle (April 2014) Conservation Innovation

The Potpourri: Tomball Edition (April 2014) Water Board Creates Sustainable Garden

Vegas Seven (April 2014) Sustainable SITES to See

Ecological Landscaping Association (February 2014) SITES Update: Progress on the Sustainable Sites Initiative

Sports Field Management Magazine (February 2014) Facility Management: Going Green

Albuquerque Business First (February 2014) AIC General Contractor Lauded for Courthouse Work

Azobuild (February 2014) Sustainable Sites Initiative Program Certifies Landscapes

Digital Journal (January 2014) George "Doc" Cavalliere Park First in Arizona to be Certified by Sustainable Sites Initiative


The Herald (November 2013) National Sustainability Rating System Certifies Three New Landscape Projects

Pittsburgh Business Times (November 2013) Phipps Center Earns Highest Sustainable Status

PA Environment Digest (November 2013) Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Landscaping Projects Certified As Sustainable

Albuquerque Morning Edition (August 2013) Carlsbad Caverns Project Gets Nod for Sustainability

Architectural Record (August 2013) Block Party: Washington Canal Park

THE DIRT, American Society of Landscape Architects (March - April ) Flower Power: The Phipps Conservatory's New Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Architizer (April 8, 2013) Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory Opens One Of The Greenest Buildings In The World

Athletic Business (April 2013) SITES Program Promotes Sustainable Landscape Design

Chester County Press (March 20, 2013) Kennett Township Residence Receives National Praise for Sustainable Design

Times Record New: Wichita Falls,Texas (March 16, 2013) New Guidelines to Make Landscape Sustainable

World Architecture News (March 6, 2013) Sustainable Sites Initiative Certification for Gustafson Guthrie Nichol


Grand Valley Lanthorn (December 5, 2012) Student Recreation Fields First Certified Sustainable Site in MI

Michigan Live (December 2, 2012) GVSU Athletic Fields Certified by Sustainability Project

Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design (November 27, 2012): Model for Sustainable Design: Canal Park in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post (November 16, 2012) D.C.'s Canal Park Features Greenery, Fun, and a 10,000-square-foot Skating Path for All Ages

ASLA's The Dirt (October 9, 2012): With SITES, Regenerative Design Moves Forward

Cornell University Library News (September 26, 2012): It's Official: Garden Gets SITES Certification

Cornell Chronicle (September 25, 2012): Mann Library Garden Certified by 'Green' Landscape System

Fresh Water Cleveland (September 20, 2012): Cle Botanical Garden First in State to be Certified by Sustainable Sites

ASLA's The Dirt (September 17, 2012): SITES Certifies Eight Projects

Parks & Recreation Magazine (September 1, 2012): More Sites for SITES

The Daily Pennsylvanian (August 28, 2012): Shoemaker Green Opens as 'Front Lawn' to Palestra

Stl Louis High Performance Building Initiative Blog (August 17, 2012): The Sustainable Sites Initiative

Architectural Record and Greensource (July 2012): Site Specific [read to earn 1 AIA/GBCI continuing education hour]

Green Industry Pros (June 4, 2012): Green Building Meets Landscaping

The Wall Street Journal Marketwatch (May 7, 2012): One of Earth's Greenest Buildings Opens in Pittsburgh on May 23rd

North Dallas Gazette (April 17, 2012): UT Arlington College Park Center earns LEED Gold certification

Environmental Building News (April 1, 2012): First Three Sustainable Sites Projects Certified

Landscape Management Magazine (March 2012): A Greener Land

Product Design & Development (February 1, 2012): California's First Sustainable Utility Campus

treehugger (January 31, 2012): California Utility Opens First Sustainable Campus as Model Utility Site

GOOD (January 31, 2012): LEED for the Outdoors? Landscapes Get Their Own Green Certification Standards

The Wall Street Journal Marketwatch (January 25, 2012): First Projects Certified by SITES National Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes


Palm Springs Life (July 2011): The Artful Garden

World Landscape Architect (April 18, 2011): Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park

Memphis Daily News (April 7, 2011):Shelby Farms Unveils a New Playground

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (February 17, 2011):Yes, parking lots can be green


Business Record (November 30, 2010): Green and Main Selected for International Study

The Architect's Newspaper (September 16, 2010): Super Street for the Super Bowl

Lawn and Landscape (August, 2010): A More Sustainable Site

The Deset Sun - Palm Springs, CA (August 31, 2010): One of America's Great Estates Becomes Truly Green

Star-Telegram (July 27, 2010): BRIT's Fort Worth headquarters to reflect its conservation mission

Arizona Foothills (July 13, 2010): Sustainable Landscaping

University of Pennsylvania Alamanac (July 13, 2010): Shoemaker Green: The Red and Blue Turn Grey into A Green Sustainable Site

BuildingGreen.com (July 1. 2010): "LEED for Landscapes" Opens Pilot, Attracts Brownfield Projects

Otto Architetcure + Design (June 29, 2010): SITES Pilot Projects

WinonaDailyNews.com (June 30, 2010): Empty lots continue to plague Cobblestone Creek development

Gazette.com - Maryland Community Newspaper Online (June 30, 2010): Wheaton landscapes among first to take ‘green' test

The Times and Democrat (June 25, 2010): Clemson green project gets recognition nationally

Merced Sun-Star (June 16, 2010): UC Merced Connect: Landscaping under green microscope

Tennessesan.com (June 15, 2010): Renovated Deaderick Street enhances Nashville's city core

American City & County Magazine (June 1, 2010): Measuring the green in greenspace

Lawn and Landscape (June 1, 2010):John Deere participates in the Sustainable Sites Initiative with special landscape project

Lawn and Landscape (June 1, 2010): Collier Arbor Case chosen for Sustainable Sites pilot project

Fast Company (May 28, 2010): Sustainable Landscape Project Takes Root

Facilities Management - FMLink.com (May 28, 2010): Pilot projects by SITES put sustainable landscape rating system into action

GreenBiz.com (May 27, 2010): 'LEED for landscapes' put to test

Toronto News 24 (May 27, 2010): Humber Arboretum Centre to test sustainable landscape rating

Cleaning and Maintenance Management Online (May 27, 2010): John Deere to participate in the Sustainable Sites Initiative

Port Orchard Independent (May 27, 2010): South Kitsap Regional Park plan hailed for 'sustainability'

The Burton View - Michigan (May 27, 2010): Urban alternatives house will test sustainable landscape rating system

Seattle's Daily Journal of Commerce (May 26, 2010): 11 state projects will test new program for sustainable landscapes

Environmental Leader (May 26, 2010): Sustainable Sites selects pilot projects

Rockford Register Star - Illinois (May 26, 2010): Playground among test sites for green rating system

Daily Journal of Commerce - Oregon (May 26, 2010): Program takes green emphasis to the outdoors

Austin Chronicle (May 26, 2010): Eco-currents: Reading the Bones

Sustainable Business Oregon (May 25, 2010): Three Oregon sites chosen for sustainable landscaping pilot

Austin Business Journal - Texas (May 25, 2010): Four Austin sites picked for national sustainable landscaping pilot

American Society of Landscape Architects (May 25, 2010): Pilot projects put sustainable landscape rating system into action

The University of Texas at Austin - News (May 25, 2010): Pilot projects put sustainable landscape rating system into action

Urban Habitat Chicago (May 25, 2010): UHC's Joy Garden chosen to Participate in SITES 2-year pilot program

TheHour.com (May 25, 2010): Officials promote Oyster Shell Park

PR-inside.com (May 25, 2010): Pilot projects put sustainable landscape rating system into action

AgriMarketing (May 25, 2010): Novus International Headquarters to undergo sustainable landscaping

WREX Rockford News - Illinois (May 25, 2010): Loves Park playground to test sustainable landscape rating system

ConnectMidMichigan.com (May 25, 2010): UM-Flint Urban Alternatives House selected for national program


General SITES-related:


The Dirt (November 2013) Landscape Architects and Their Clients Tackle SITES

Owners Perspective (April 2013) The Quest for Greener Landscapes: The Evolution of the Sustainable Sites Initiative

College Planning and Management (April 2013) Creating Sustainable Campus Landscapes

CSE for Landscape Architects (March 8, 2013) Sustainability Rating Systems for Landscape Architects


Living Green Magazine (November 16, 2012) Urban Sustainability Enhanced through Landscape Architecture

Penn State Student Affairs Sustainability Team Blog (August 27, 2012) 'Sustainable Sites' Initiative Creates New Vision for Building and Open Space Landscaping

The Dirt (May 3, 2012) The National Mall Wins with These Designs

Biocycle Magazine (March 2012) Sustainable Sites Initiative: 2012 Update

Austin American Statesman (February 19, 2012) Initiative Urges Water Conservation

The Wall Street Journal Marketwatch (January 11, 2012) SITES Honored with U.S. Composting Council Award


Nursery Management (June 23, 2011) Dollar Signs

BGCI (April 20, 2011): New Publication: Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation

Lawn and Landscape (March 11, 2011): An argument for sustainable landscaping services

Federal Times (January 4, 2011): Landscaping efforts plow ahead to hit green


Chicago Tribune (December 27, 2010): New building tools detect varied shades of green

Lawn and Landscape (December 6, 2010): Sustainable Site Initiative seminars presented at National Green Centre

U.S. Department of the Interior Press Release (July 13, 2010): National Park Service to Release Final National Mall Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement to Public

Irrigation and Green Industry (July 13, 2010): LEEDing the way into the future

Civil Engineering (April 2010, Volume 80, No. 4, pp52-61): Special Report - Promote Sustainability and Resilience

Texas Nursery and Landscape Association - TNLA Green (April 2010): TNLA Green - Sustainable Sites

Living Architecture Monitor (Spring 2010, pp6-10): On the Roof with Dr. Steve Windhager


LandscapeManagement.net (Dec 1, 2009): The Hall Mark: When SSI arrives, things will change

Idaho Mountain Express and Guide (Nov. 13, 2009): Greenery earns ‘Green’ honors

Engineering News Record (Nov. 11, 2009): The Logic of Sustainability Starts with Site Development

Fast Company (Nov. 9, 2009): Sustainable Sites Initiative: A LEED Rating System for Landscapes

Washington Times (Nov. 5, 2009): Landscapes groups announces eco-ratings

USA Today (Nov. 5, 2009): Landscapes now get 'green' ratings

Reuters (Nov. 5, 2009): New Landscape Rating System to Transform the Industry, Complete Green Building Puzzle

Washington Business Journal (Oct. 9, 2009):Sustainable Sites Initiative wins Green Business Award

Washington Post (Feb. 5, 2009): "Working Toward Guidelines for a Truly Green Garden"

New York Times (Jan. 8, 2009): "How Green is Your Graden? A New Rating System May Tell You"


Engineer News Record (Nov. 12, 2008): "Green-Site Rating Coming by 2012"

Facilities Management News (Nov. 12, 2008): "Sustainable Sites Initiative launches sustainable landscaping guidelines for comments"

MarketWatch - USA (Nov. 10, 2008): "Report Offers First Comprehensive Look at Creating Sustainable Landscapes"

Smart Growth Online (Nov. 10, 2008): "Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks"

Energy Efficiency News (Oct. 13, 2008): "Energy efficiency goes outside"

Landscape Architecture (May 2008): "Rating the Regenerative Landscape"

San Francisco Chronicle (Jan. 2, 2008): "Sustainable Sites Initiative aims for landscape-specific standards"


Metropolis (Dec. 19, 2007): "Completing the Puzzle"

Architect Magazine (Nov. 1 , 2007): "Sustainable Landscapes Make the Grade"

GreenSource (Oct. 25, 2007): "Landscape Architecture is Going 'Greener' "

Lawn and Landscape (Oct. 10, 2007): "Landscaping to get Green Standards"

San Antonio Express-News (Oct. 4, 2007): "Landscaping choices boost health environment"

San Francisco Examiner (Oct. 4, 2007): "Landscapers Go Green"

Turf Magazine: "Greenbuild Guidelines"