New Professional Credential for Sustainable Landscape Development and Management Launching October 1

(Washington, D.C.)—Sept. 26, 2016—Green Business Certification Inc.™ (GBCI) announces a new credential for landscape architects and sustainability professionals launching Oct. 1, 2016. The SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development and provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession.

Happy 100th birthday to the National Park Service from SITES and LEED

Happy birthday, ranger! Recently, fans of the country’s most awesome public lands celebrated the National Park Service centennial. Since 1916, the National Park Service has been hard at work preserving natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, education and inspiration they give us all. 

University of Texas at El Paso Earns First SITES v2 Certification

Campus transformation project earned SITES Silver for achievement in landscape sustainability


What not to miss at Greenbuild: SITES and sustainable landscape design

Heading to Greenbuild this year? To help you plan your days, we’ve listed some of the offerings focused on SITES®, a rating system for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES is being used by landscape architects, engineers, architects, developers and policy makers to align land development with innovative sustainable design.

SITES can apply to your project: Examples from the pilot program

The central message of SITES® is that any project holds the potential to protect, improve and regenerate the benefits and services provided by healthy ecosystems. The SITES program provides guidelines for projects to meet their sustainability goals, regardless of the initial condition of the site.

Join us in Chicago on Sept. 8 for a SITES workshop

GBCI®, USGBC Illinois and ASLA Illinois will host a one-day regional workshop on Sept. 8 on the concepts and goals of sustainable and regenerative land design.

EO and USGBC join forces to drive sustainable development

Energy infrastructure can have a significant environmental and social footprint and lead to landscape-level impacts, even while serving as a necessary development pathway. Voluntary standards and rating systems are recognized as some of the most effective tools to drive innovation in sustainable development. The proliferation of quality programs provides an opportunity for systems to work together, democratizing access and streamlining implementation and verification for even greater impact.

Green infrastructure: Back to basics

“Imagine this design assignment: Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, makes complex sugars and foods, changes colors with the seasons, and self-replicates.” —William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things 


SITES and soils: A sustainable site starts with healthy soil

This article was developed with input from SITES Soil Technical Advisors.

Soil is the living skin of our planet: the foundation of all terrestrial life, regulator of our atmosphere, ultimate recycler of our waste and source of our water, food and materials. But as we’ve populated this planet and shaped it to our needs, we have often forgotten how essential soil is for our very survival.


A deep sense of place at USGBC Kentucky's Sustainable SITES Workshop

Recently, USGBC Kentucky hosted an inaugural workshop to train 58 regional professionals on the SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program of developing sustainable landscapes. Architects, landscape designers, sustainability officers and policy makers from all over the state of Kentucky met to learn about regenerative design, the benefits derived from sustainable landscapes and the SITES rating system and certification process.