The SITES program was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. The program offers a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish and encourage sustainable landscapes.
Similar to LEED rating systems, a key element of the SITES system is tracking measurable performance criteria so projects can be compared to benchmarks that truly show how the certified landscape goes above and beyond conventional landscapes. What distinguishes SITES from the LEED programs is the specific focus on landscape. In particular, the ecosystem services provided by landscapes are at the heart of the certification. These ecosystem services, such as stormwater management, climate regulation, etc., directly and indirectly impact human well-being and are often overlooked in conventional development.
“By providing performance measures rather than prescribing practices, SITES supports the unique conditions of each site, encouraging project teams to be flexible and creative as they develop beautiful, functional and regenerative landscapes.” – The Sustainable SITES Initiative
We are tremendously excited to bring this SITES expertise to our current portfolio. Please join us in celebrating the hard work and commitment of Miles and Nic as they apply their new credentials to help us achieve our vision of a world where creativity leads great social and environmental change.