SITES elevates public spaces

Parks, gardens and other public spaces have tremendous value to the community—they impact where we live, work, play, gather, exercise and learn.

Vitally important to the human experience and the health of our community and the environment, parks and public spaces have become the center of a growing movement to sustainably design and construct outdoor public parks and social infrastructure.

Two SITES resources you may not know about

Advancing your knowledge of green building and sustainability concepts can be easy with these resources at your fingertips. Check out the tools we recommend to help grow your expertise in SITES and the sustainable building industry.

A guide to maintaining your SITES AP credential

SITES APs are landscape architects, designers, engineers, planners, ecologists, architects, developers and policymakers committed to the field of sustainable land design and development. Maintaining a SITES AP credential demonstrates their knowledge, expertise and commitment to their profession.

The Atlanta BeltLine will require SITES certification for future parks

More than 15 years ago, a Georgia Tech architecture and urban planning master’s student named Ryan Garvel delivered a thesis statement that would inevitably lead to the transformation of the abandoned railroad lines that once circled Atlanta.

U.S. Botanic Garden’s Renovated Bartholdi Park Showcases Sustainable Gardening, Achieves SITES Gold Certification

Washington, D.C.—(June 21, 2018)—The renovation of Bartholdi Park at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is complete, and the new garden is a showcase of sustainable gardening. Created in 1932, Bartholdi Park has served as a demonstration garden for more than 80 years, and until 2016, had not undergone a complete renovation since its original construction.

Driving sustainability beyond the building with LEED, SITES and PEER

Over the years, GBCI has built a suite of green business programs dedicated to enhancing environmental performance and human health benefits. As companies continue to work to validate sustainability performance and communicate progress, more and more are finding value in pursuing multiple certifications.

D.C. park puts sustainable landscaping on display for communities [video]

For more than 80 years, Bartholdi Park at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., has served as a demonstration garden for residents and visitors visiting the nation’s capital. When it came time to undergo a renovation, the team saw an opportunity to show how applying sustainable design and development principles can help elevate the value of land in a way that better serves communities and the environment.

Shaping the future of land development with site performance data

Feature image: Washington Canal Park in Washington, D.C.

New construction projects that follow design guidelines and aim to meet performance benchmarks set a critical foundation for sustainability. The SITES v2 Rating System provides a clear framework for developing such projects, while emphasizing site maintenance and encouraging performance monitoring post-construction.