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:

SAT-A03 – I Can See Clearly Now – Landscape Design for Air Quality

Saturday, November 16
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
1.25 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI SITES, ISA

Description:
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.

Lead Speaker:
Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, FAICP, Chairman/CEO, Design Workshop

Speaker(s):
Melissa Lunden, Chief Scientist, ACLIMA Inc.

Esther Margulies, ASLA, Associate Professor in Practice Director, Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture + Urbanism, USC School of Architecture

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how cutting-edge technologies are being used for granular air quality analysis.
  • Explore best practices for California to select and work with technology partners to tackle air quality.
  • Examine effective design interventions for air quality at the site, city, and regional scale.
  • Participate in an evidence-based discussion of the efficacy of site and landscape design strategies to improve air quality.

SUN-B11 – The Role of Stormwater Management in Landscape Architecture

Sunday, November 17
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
1.00 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI SITES

Description:
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.

Lead Speaker:
Neal Shapiro CPSWQ, CSM, ENV SP, LEED Green Associate, Watershed Management Program Coordinator, City of Santa Monica, Office of Sustainability & the Environment

Speaker:
Russell Ackerman, SITES AP, Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about stormwater and water efficiency regulations and how stormwater storage features provide a local water supply.
  • Explore stormwater features as amenities, including green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, and green streets.
  • Understand the challenges of designing a stormwater feature in terms of plant selection, soil media, and irrigation.
  • Examine how stormwater features help designers achieve points and credits in the Sustainable SITES Program, LEED, and the Living Building Challenge.

MON-A06 – Breaking Free from Tropical Hardwoods: New Alternatives for Sustainability

Monday, November 18
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
1.50 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AIA/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI SITES, CMAA

Description:
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.

Lead Speaker:
Meg Calkins, FASLA, Professor + Department Head, North Carolina State University

Speaker(s):
Laura Solano, ASLA, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Thomas Amoroso, ASLA, Principal, PLA, Andropogon

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the environmental and social impacts of using tropical hardwoods.
  • Compare alternatives to tropical hardwoods with respect to use, cost, performance, durability, and aesthetics.
  • Understand issues with procurement, detailing, fabrication, installation, and maintenance requirements for alternatives to tropical hardwoods.
  • Understand the challenges of specifying various wood types within SITES and Living Building Challenge projects.

MON-B03 – Green Roofs in California and Beyond: Marrying Economics, Performance, and Ecology

Monday, November 18
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
1.25 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI SITES

Description:
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.

Lead Speaker:
Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Speaker (s):
Molly Meyer, Founder & CEO, Omni Ecosystems

Paul Kephart, ASLA, Ecologist, Rana Creek Habitat Restoration

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the challenges faced by green roofs in California and other locations, and how landscape architects can overcome them to unlock green roof benefits.
  • Learn how to make a compelling business case for green roofs by monetizing multiple streams of revenue and savings.
  • Identify strategies to maximize green roof performance, including stormwater retention, energy savings, food production, and roof longevity.
  • Understand green roof ecology, and how to design green roofs to be functioning, diverse, and productive ecosystems that respect considerations such as site, context, and climate.

Sustainable Design & Development Professional Practice Network Meeting

PPN Live in ASLA EXPO

Saturday, November 16
12:30 – 1:30 PM
(LA CES and GBCI CE approval pending)

Description coming soon…

USGBC-SITES Booth Information

ASLA EXPO

Booth: 1943

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.