Pre-design site assessment in SITES and LEED: Why it really matters

A comprehensive site assessment is a critical step that you want to complete before the design process of any project. Without it, you are not taking full advantage of the site you’ve chosen for your project. Not to be confused with an Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA), which mostly looks at risks associated with the site, a pre-design site assessment primarily looks at the assets of your site so that you can maximize the effectiveness of your design—programmatic and monetary. 

Last chance to secure early adopter pricing for SITES

Early adopter pricing for SITES expires next Tuesday, May 31—take advantage of this offer and register your project today! Any project that registers between now and May 31 will save $1,500 on paid registration and registration/certification bundle fees. For USGBC and ASLA members, that means that registration will only be $1,000! 

Two opportunities to learn about SITES in Northern California

Engage with us in Northern California and learn more about the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES). Attend a lecture on the SITES Rating System hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) on either May 23 or May 25.

Why you should register your SITES project today

As GBCI continues to bring SITES to new markets and potential users around the world, we are overwhelmed by the excitement about the program. All across the country and in far corners of the globe, leaders in sustainability and landscape design are weighing how to include SITES in new and future projects. Already, projects in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hong Kong and various other locations have registered for SITES.

U.S. General Services Administration Adopts SITES, GBCI’s Land Development and Management Rating System, for its Capital Construction Program

Washington, D.C.—(April 13, 2016)—The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced it has adopted the SITES rating system for its capital construction program. Owned and managed by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), SITES is the most comprehensive program for sustainable land development and management and is used by landscape architects, engineers, architects, developers and policymakers to align land development with innovative sustainable design.

GBCI needs your help: Take the SITES AP job analysis survey

GBCI recently announced development of a new professional credential called the SITES AP. GBCI will begin offering testing for the SITES AP in October 2016.  

GBCI to develop a new professional credential for SITES

In a recent GBCI survey, 80 percent of respondents said that they planned on implementing SITES in their organization or practice, and 89 percent indicated interest in earning a professional credential, such as SITES-accredited professional.

Development of a new professional credential called the SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) is currently under way at GBCI.

Get started with the SITES v2 rating system

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) was created in response to an immediate need to shift our current development mindset to define and measure the performance of healthy ecological systems. By altering our current development path to be more compatible with these natural systems, we can increase the capability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Is your project eligible for SITES certification?

Your project team is interested in pursuing SITES v2—the most comprehensive program for sustainable landscape design—but how do you know if your project is eligible? With this handy list, you'll be able to determine if your project can achieve SITES certification. Here are a few things to keep in mind before your team registers a project in SITES Online.

Get to know the SITES v2 rating system in our free online courses

The concept of intentional, regionally appropriate and resource-efficient landscape design and management has been essential to LEED since its inception. As an increasing number of practitioners have sought to demonstrate leadership in this space, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) was developed as a freestanding rating system to complement its presence within LEED.