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.
Traditional land development and land use decisions often underestimate or ignore healthy ecosystems. Sustainable land development is cost-effective, better for the environment and fosters resiliency. Last year, GBCI expanded on its vision of speed to market transformation for the built environment to cover nearly every facet of sustainability, including sustainable landscape design and management.
Considering implementing SITES in your organization or practice? Interested in earning a SITES professional credential? We are exploring this possibility at USGBC and need your feedback.
Traditional landscaping and land development require a great deal of water, energy, labor, materials and other scarce resources. Because our communities are using more resources than ever before, the increased waste creates a negative impact on the environment. Sustainable landscaping is cost-effective, environmentally sound and fosters resiliency. It plays a key role in reducing the impact of population growth and development and offers solutions for problems such as pollution and waste.
Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST for a free webinar on the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES).
Population growth and development are causing our communities to use more resources than ever before—which means more waste and a negative impact on the environment. Traditional land development and land use decisions often underestimate or ignore healthy ecosystems. Sustainable land design and development is cost-effective, better for the land and fosters resiliency.
Have you heard about SITES, the new sustainable landscape certification, and want to learn more? Are you a developer or government agency who wants to get recognition for your commitment to sustainable site design and construction? Maybe you’re a green building or landscape architecture professional who hopes to offer consulting services for SITES, but isn’t familiar with the certification process. You could be working on a project with sustainable landscaping elements and wondering if the project is eligible for SITES.
The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) is the most comprehensive program for developing sustainable landscapes, based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. SITES is currently used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and others.
The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. The SITES program is based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits that people enjoy from healthy natural systems.