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.

Top 3 tips for successfully navigating the SITES certification process

During the first SITES Quarterly Call of 2018, our panel of experts from GBCI and Design Workshop dissected the various stages of the SITES certification process.

Hempstead Plains shows how SITES sustains landscapes while educating visitors

Administered by GBCI, SITES is a rating system used by landscape professionals to align land development and management with sustainable design. After several years of beta testing, SITES v2 was released in 2015. By 2018, a wide variety of projects in the U.S. and abroad have become certified—more than 40 million square feet to date.

Learn about SITES and resilient communities at Gulf Coast Green 2018

Learn about SITES at the Gulf Coast Green 2018 Symposium and Expo in Houston, Texas, on June 1 at the session "Promoting Resilient Communities with the SITES Rating System." Participants will discover the importance of land design and development through the exploration of the SITES v2 Rating System and relevant case studies.

3 SITES projects that connect people to nature

A key part of the SITES framework is enhancing physical, mental and social well-being as a result of human interaction with nature. SITES projects also provide education that promotes the understanding of natural systems and offers opportunities for community involvement and advocacy.

In honor of Earth Month, we’re celebrating three SITES projects that bring us back to nature:

Take a survey on landscape performance and green infrastructure incentives in SITES

SITES is a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish sustainable landscapes, measure their performance and elevate their value.

SITES projects inspire community interest in sustainable building

SITES-certified projects across the country are strengthening communities by educating them on sustainable site practices and the benefits of being in nature. Always evolving through continued research and experience, SITES projects transform the way people interact with the built environment.

Learn about SITES at the 2018 BSLA Conference in Boston

Learn about SITES during a two-part course series at the 2018 Boston Landscape Architecture Conference + Xpo on March 26. This event brings together leaders from landscape architecture practice and academia, architecture and planning, horticulture and engineering and municipal agencies for a full day of workshops and panel discussions.

Join the SITES Quarterly Call on March 22 for project certification tips

GBCI staff invite you to join the first SITES Quarterly Call of 2018, on Thurs., March 22. During this call, GBCI and SITES users will discuss how to efficiently navigate the various stages of the SITES certification process, including fee setting and documentation.

SITES and green infrastructure: A strategy for building resilient environments

SITES helps foster the development of green infrastructure, which is defined as any practice that uses or replicates natural systems to achieve a desired outcome. Green infrastructure practices (e.g., green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, pervious pavement) are now being used by cities around the world. By looking to nature for guidance, SITES helps project teams in creating environments that improve water quality, control erosion, mitigate flooding and provide wildlife habitat.