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30 SITES Projects have now achieved Pilot certification

Four more pilot projects have achieved certification under the SITES 2009 Rating System, bringing the total number of certified projects to 30! Congratulations to all the team members for the following projects: East Bay Public Plaza, Square 80 Plaza at The George Washington University, Brent Elementary Schoolyard Greening, and Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Renovation. More projects will continue to be certified under the 2009 system through the end of 2014. Learn more about them here.

What's Next for SITES?

Update on the SITES v2 Rating Sytem and Reference Guide

The release of the new SITES v2 Rating System and Reference Guide will be completed in 2014. Those familiar with the previous SITES rating system, the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009, may be wondering what some of the major differences are between the two systems. These graphics illustrate the major changes to the system, such as relocated, combined, and new credits and prerequisites.

The Meadows Foundation renews its support for SITES

The Meadows Foundation recently renewed its support of the Sustainable Sites Initiative program with a $100,000 grant. This support from the Meadows Foundation will help the SITES program publish the new SITES v2 Rating System and Reference Guide and transition to operating its third-party certification program.

The Dallas-based Meadows Foundation showed early support for the SITES program with an initial gift in 2006 that helped get the effort off the ground.

SITES Impacts:

Landscape for Life
Landscape For Life is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative program and shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium.

The Sustainable Sites Handbook
A new SITES-inspired reference, The Sustainable Sites Handbook, has been released. The handbook contains detailed information on strategies, technologies, tools and best practices to improve the sustainability of any landscape project.

Federal Guidelines
The White House Council on Environmental Quality issued the Guidance for Federal Agencies on Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes based in part on the SITES program.

SITES on the National Mall
The National Park Services has committed to implementation of the SITES program best practices in revitalizing the iconic National Mall. Click here for more information.

Waller Creek Design Competition
An international design competition currently underway to reimagine a vital section of downtown Austin has included the SITES program in its principles. Click here for more information.

PBS Documentary, Water Blues, Green Solutions
The SITES program is an outreach collaborator for the forthcoming documentary that will look at a green infrastructure solutions - systems inspired by the natural world. View the trailer or click here for more information.

The SITES program in the News:

Read the latest about some of the SITES Pilot Projects in World Architecture News and The Washington Post. The Sustainable Sites Initiative program was also recently featured in ASLA's The Dirt and Living Green Magazine.

Click here for our archive of press releases and news items.

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