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SITES Community Call: Carbon + Climate Positive Design

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 1:00 pm Eastern

This SITES Community Call focuses on understanding and improving a project’s impact on carbon.

The carbon footprint of the built environment is often understood in terms of construction, energy use and transportation. However, in order to effectively address the climate crisis, we must seek opportunities to sequester carbon and use strategies that facilitate a regenerative built environment in the future. Studies show that with concerted global action on land use over the next decade, nature (and nature based solutions) can be a significant and necessary part of the climate solution.

Reducing a site’s carbon footprint is an inherent design objective in landscapes that conserve water and materials. Through strategies in the SITES Rating System, projects can reduce carbon emissions, limit fossil fuel consumption, and protect and create carbon sinks.


Pamela Conrad, CMG Landscape Architecture: Pamela brings a strong ecological background to her projects and works on resiliency and climate change solutions. Her drive to protect the environment stems from her childhood on a farm, education in plant science and regenerative landscape architecture, and experience restoring waterways with the US Army Corps of Engineers. She focuses on transforming challenged urban areas into socially valued and ecologically performing public open spaces - with experience on two of the largest environmentally innovative projects in the Bay Area responding to Climate Change — Treasure Island Parks and Open Space, and the San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Program.

Kevin Burke, Atlanta BeltLine Inc.: Kevin has more than three decades of experience on a plethora of institutional, roadway, college and university, residential, and park projects. He coordinates design and construction efforts for all public open spaces within the BeltLine and serves as the chair of the ABI Design Review Committee. He implemented the requirement that all ABI projects initiated since 2018 will be SITES certified and was the organizer of ABI’s Organic Land Care Symposium which informed the public about more sustainable ways of maintaining our public spaces.

Pamela will discuss how thoughtful design can result in landscapes that sequester more carbon than they emit - going beyond carbon neutral to Climate Positive Design, and Kevin will share his team’s efforts on the Westside Trail portion of the Atlanta Beltline around lowering the carbon footprint on this SITES project. Join this SITES Community Call to hear their stories and learn about the Pathfinder tool, how SITES addresses carbon and climate positive outcomes and other exciting SITES program updates.


Integrating Nature into Cities using SITES

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 12:45pm Eastern

Join SITES at this virtual event for the Greenbuild Resilience Summit. While every building has a site, not every site has a building. SITES works for projects with or without buildings and can be used in tandem with LEED or as a standalone system. This session will celebrate SITES leadership from project teams, clients, and other advocates and collaborators who are enacting a new vision for the future. Come hear stories and see transformative projects that are successfully integrating natural and built systems. This session will demonstrate how SITES brings a much-needed voice to the table to ensure we create places that appreciate in value over time impacting the community for the long term, providing climate positive solutions, fostering resilience, and improving the quality of life for all.


University Leadership: Elevating the Value of Outdoor Spaces Using the SITES® Rating System

AASHE’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

Tuesday - Thursday, October 12-14, 2021 - On demand session

This session will highlight leadership from two distinct universities that are participating in the SITES program and using strategies that produce a more sustainable, regenerative, and healthy future. Dig into two case studies of projects that successfully integrated natural and built systems while connecting people to place and design with ecology. The SITES certified Dell Seton Medical District is a 16.2-acre development located in central Austin on the University of Texas campus. The completion of this project provides functional green spaces around the buildings and along Waller creek, a previously neglected urban stream. This site now serves as an urban oasis providing environmental and human health benefits to students, educators, patients and the greater community. As a commitment to the Arizona State University’s overall sustainability goals, Orange Mall Expansion is their first project certified under the SITES v2 Rating System. Located in the core of ASU’s Tempe Campus, the project replaces a former section of roadway and cul-de-sac with a new pedestrian mall and multi-use plaza for programmed events and informal social gatherings by students, faculty and staff. Both projects utilized green infrastructure to create an integrated sustainable design solution for the site and the surrounding buildings, and were also developed in concert with adjacent LEED projects.

Hear from key individuals from these universities who design, manage and monitor the performance of these spaces. Learn from their experiences on how to successfully navigate the SITES Rating System with multiple stakeholders. This session will also demonstrate how SITES brings a much-needed voice to the table to ensure we create places that appreciate core values of sustainable landscapes over time, providing a living community asset that is climate positive, fosters resilience, and improves health and wellness to the university community and surrounding areas.


SITES Community Call

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 1:00 pm Eastern

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SITES Community Call

Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 1:00 pm Eastern

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