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.
Administered by GBCI, the SITES program offers a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable sites, measure their performance, and, ultimately, evaluate the value of landscapes. The SITES rating system can apply to development projects located on sites with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, from streetscapes to homes.
Using progressive industry standards for landscape design, the SITES rating system incorporates additional recommendations from technical experts in the fields of social science, botany and horticulture, hydrology, materials, and human health and well-being. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden.
Attend one of our live, informational webinars to learn more about the SITES rating system.
Introduction to the SITES Rating System
Register for one of the following dates:
Attendees of this webinar will:
- Gain an overview of the SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development
- Learn how SITES (and an integrative process) can offset development impacts while protecting and restoring ecosystem services
- Understand the synergies and distinctions between LEED and SITES