Education and events

Advance your knowledge of sustainable landscapes concepts and practices through on-demand courses, live events and recordings of previous events. Learn about SITES and fulfill continuing education requirements. 


Access online, on-demand courses to become an expert in SITES and sustainable landscape design, development and management and to earn CE for your SITES AP CMP. Courses are available on the USGBC course catalog for free, a la carte and through a subscription.

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Upcoming events

USGBC Wisconsin Building Transformation Forum: Ecological Conservation & Preservation
August 14, 2024 from 8:30-10:30 CT
Wauwatosa, WI

Join us at Innovation One, Wisconsin's first dual LEED and SITES-certified project, for an insightful forum on ecological conservation and restoration in sustainable buildings and communities. In LEED v5, these factors account for 25% of the rating points. The event features a networking breakfast, discussions, and tours showcasing the project's holistic sustainable development approach including a focus on SITES. Discover how Innovation One addresses the interconnectedness of ecological systems and human-built environments, minimizing harm while promoting restoration and biodiversity conservation.

USGBC Minnesota Building Transformation Forum: Ecological Preservation and Restoration & the Role of the Built Environment
August 28, 2024 from 1-5:30 CT
Golden Valley, MN

Ecological preservation and restoration have always played an important role in shaping the recommended strategies for holistic, high-performance, sustainable buildings and communities. In LEED v5, USGBC is taking this to a whole new level, with ecological preservation and restoration accounting for 25% of points available in the rating system. During this program, we’ll explore new research and policy that supports smarter storm and rainwater management strategies and dig into the dual LEED and SITES certification strategy being pursued on the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library.

Conference on Landscape Architecture
October 6-9, 2024
Washington, DC

The ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture is the largest annual gathering of landscape architecture and allied professionals—all coming together to learn, connect, share knowledge, gain inspiration, and bring value to their practice. The conference offers sessions, professional development, networking opportunities, and a world-class EXPO featuring over 275 vendors showcasing cutting-edge products and services.

Come visit the SITES team on the Expo hall floor at booth #2624, and the following session on SITES:

Session: “Making Materials Work for Climate Action and SITES”
October 6, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Alison Kinn Bennett - Lead, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing & Low Embodied Carbon Construction Materials Programs, US EPA
  • Michal Kapitulnik - Principal, Surfacedesign, Inc.
  • Danielle Pieranunzi - SITES Director, GBCI

This session explores strategies for specifying and obtaining more sustainable materials to reach the goals outlined in the ASLA Climate Action Plan and SITES rating system. Diverse perspectives will be provided by a U.S. federal government agency, a nonprofit third-party certification body, and a landscape architecture and urban design firm.

Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Annual Benefit
October 6, 2024 from 7-10 pm
Washington, DC

Join the Landscape Architecture Foundation and leaders from practice, academia, and industry for a lively evening in a signature DC space that blends classical and contemporary the first night of the ASLA conference. SITES is a sponsor of the event - we would love to see you there!

Greenbuild 2024: Built to Scale
November 12-15, 2024
Philadelphia, PA

Join us in Philadelphia from November 12-15 for an unforgettable experience dedicated to scaling up sustainability in the built environment. This year's theme, "Built to Scale," underscores our collective dedication to transforming markets worldwide with proven green building solutions. Get ready for four days packed with innovative ideas, impactful strategies, and meaningful connections. There are many relevant sessions for SITES users. Mark your calendar for the following, some of which take place at accompanying Greenbuild Summits:

Resilient Places Summit
RPS02: Applying Nature-Based Solutions and SITES for Water Resilience
Tuesday, November 12, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • José M. Almiñana, PLA, FSLA, SITES AP, LEED AP (he/him/his) – Principal, Andropogon Associates, Ltd.
  • Michele C. Adams, PE, LEED AP – Principal Engineer, Meliora Design
  • Rebecca D. Dunn Bryant, AIA, LEED Fellow, LFA – Principal, WATERSHED
  • Robert L. Goo – Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water

Regenerative Ecosystems Summit
RES03: From China to Texas: Advancing Regenerative Design with High-Performance Landscapes
Tuesday, November 12, 2024, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

  • Dou Zhang, FASLA, PLA, SITES AP, LEED AP – Director, Sasaki Shanghai Office
  • Daniel Woodroffe – President, dwg
  • Danielle Pieranunzi, SITES AP, LEED AP BD+C – SITES Director, Green Business Certification Inc.

RES04: Ecological Performance at the Border: Green Infrastructure in Arid Climates
Tuesday, November 12, 2024 , 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Brandon Hartz, ASLA, PLA, SITES AP, LEED AP – Senior Landscape Architect, General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Mario Nuño-Whelan, PLA, ASLA – Landscape Architect, Pland Collaborative
  • Aaron Zahm, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP – Principal Landscape Architect, Pland Collaborative

Main Greenbuild conference
A06: Beyond the Building: Considering the Biogenic Carbon of Sites
Wednesday, November 13, 2024, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Christopher R. Ng-Hardy, PLA – Senior Associate, Sasaki
  • Christopher Woodall – National Program Leader, USDA Forest Service, Research and Development
  • Danielle Pieranunzi, SITES AP, LEED AP BD+C – SITES Director, Green Business Certification Inc.

Previous events

Watch past webinars and events on demand to learn more about SITES and hear from project teams about their processes and tips on achieving certification. Access recordings of previous events.