The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. The SITES program is 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.
Nearly 170 projects and more than 230 million gross square feet of space across 36 U.S. states and 11 countries have already registered or certified with SITES. SITES certification has been awarded to 65 of those projects, covering a diverse array of project types. 18 of those were certified using the current SITES v2 Rating System. Register today for the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture and access the following SITES inclusive events to learn more about how you can be an advocate for the SITES Rating System and meet your project sustainability goals through SITES certification.
GBCI SITES-specific continuing education at the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture:
Friday, November 15
8:30 – 11:30 am
3.0 PDH, LA CES/HSW, GBCI SITES, AICP, CMAA, FL, NY/HSW
There is a growing necessity to use landscape performance to quantify the sustainability benefits of landscape architecture. This session presents methods that every landscape architect or design firm can use to assess multiple aspects of site performance, starting with data sampling basics and including metrics used toward attaining SITES certification.
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Emily R. McCoy, ASLA, Design Workshop
Danielle Pieranunzi, SITES AP, Green Business Certification, Inc.; Michele Adams, LEED AP, Meliora Design; Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington
Saturday, November 16
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
1.25 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI SITES, ISA
Air quality is one of the latest frontiers for landscape architects to blend placemaking and environmental remediation. To effectively address air quality, design interventions must be appropriately paired with technology and research. This session will provide a playbook for cleaning the atmosphere, with special attention given to California case studies.
Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, FAICP, Chairman/CEO, Design Workshop
Melissa Lunden, Chief Scientist, ACLIMA Inc.
Esther Margulies, ASLA, Associate Professor in Practice Director, Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture + Urbanism, USC School of Architecture
Sunday, November 17
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
1.00 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI SITES
ASLA advocacy of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279), a bill aimed at promoting better stormwater management, helped it become law. This session examines the benefits of green infrastructure design and low impact development, including satisfying regulatory requirements, earning rating systems credits, offering amenities, and designing within water budgets.
Neal Shapiro CPSWQ, CSM, ENV SP, LEED Green Associate, Watershed Management Program Coordinator, City of Santa Monica, Office of Sustainability & the Environment
Russell Ackerman, SITES AP, Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica
Monday, November 18
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
1.50 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AIA/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI SITES, CMAA
Dependency on tropical hardwoods is unsustainable given current rates of use, ecosystem degradation, and slow renewal rates. Fortunately, there are new alternatives that are durable, beautiful, and renewable. In this session learn how to use and work with thermally modified, acetylated, and polymerized woods, fused bamboo lumber, and black locust.
Meg Calkins, FASLA, Professor + Department Head, North Carolina State University
Laura Solano, ASLA, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Thomas Amoroso, ASLA, Principal, PLA, Andropogon
Monday, November 18
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
1.25 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI SITES
Green roofs face challenges in California and beyond, but overcoming these can help landscape architects unlock their massive potential benefits. This session looks at building a stronger business case for green roofs, maximizing green roof performance, and creating thriving rooftop ecologies, all through the lens of high-profile and award-winning projects.
Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Molly Meyer, Founder & CEO, Omni Ecosystems
Paul Kephart, ASLA, Ecologist, Rana Creek Habitat Restoration
PPN-004 – SITES in 10 – Achieving Sustainability Goals and Return on Investment
Sustainable Design & Development Professional Practice Network Meeting
Saturday, November 16
12:30 – 1:30 PM
1.0 LA CES/HSW, 1.0 GBCI SITES-specific CE
The Sustainable SITES Initiative provides an excellent professional framework for landscape architecture design. One implementation stumbling block, however, is getting clients on board. This session presents a “SITES in 10” slideshow for practitioners focusing on the return on investment from the perspectives of the client and end user.
As more and more practitioners make the case for SITES, we want to empower them with the tools to advocate for certification. As a SITES AP, you have most likely been an advocate of the SITES Rating System in a pitch to your clients. The Sustainable Design & Development PPN leadership team wants to hear from practitioners like you who have been a part of those conversations, and can share how the SITES Rating System leads to achieving your project sustainability goals and to higher returns on investment.
USGBC-SITES Booth Information
The SITES Rating System is owned and administered by the Green Business Certification Inc., the certification body for the LEED green building program from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC staff will be on hand to answer questions about documentation, technical requirements, and strategies to achieve the best performing project possible.
Visit the SITES booth (#1943) to learn how to register your project or apply for the SITES AP exam.