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 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.
What's Next for SITES?
What's Next for SITES?
Public Comment Period Closed
The SITES program recently closed a two-month public comment period which seeked input on the proposed 2014 Prerequisites and Credits. This incorporates feedback received during the two-year pilot program and additional research from SITES program staff and technical advisors. The public comment period was open from September 26 - November 26, 2012. The complete SITES v2 will be finalized and released in 2014, at which time open enrollment will being for any project to pursue certification.
Pilot Program Closes
The Pilot Program which spanned two years (June 2010 - June 2012) has come to an end. Over 150 pilot projects tested various aspects of the Sustainable Sites Initative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009. Feedback from the pilot projects will be used to revise the final rating system and inform the technical reference guide that is slated for release in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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