September 26, the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) invites public comment on proposed revisions
to the Guidelines and Performance
Benchmarks 2009, the most comprehensive set of voluntary, national guidelines
ever developed for sustainable landscapes. The proposed revisions are based on
experience gained through the two-year pilot program, which involved 150
projects, 11 of which have been certified so far.
2013 credits will serve as the basis for transitioning SITES to open enrollment
in mid-2013. This update is available for comment and download at www.sustainablesites.org, with a
public comment period open until Nov. 5, 2012.
Sites Initiative is a partnership between the American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of
Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create a system to
evaluate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance. The U.S.
Green Building Council is a stakeholder in the Initiative and
anticipates incorporating SITES metrics into future versions of the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green
Building Rating System.
we move closer to the open marketplace, we are very grateful to the pilot
projects for the rigor and openness with which they are documenting sustainable
landscape practices as they pursue certification,” said Nancy Somerville,
Executive Vice President and CEO of ASLA. “Their feedback has provided the
basis for these revisions and ensures the integrity of the 2013 Guidelines.”
staff and more than three dozen technical advisors in hydrology, vegetation, soils,
materials and human health and well being contributed thousands of hours to
ensure the credits could apply to any landscape, with or without buildings.
Initiative is for all those who design, construct or maintain our outdoor landscapes,”
said Susan Rieff, Executive Director of the Wildflower Center. “If we follow
these directions we can create compelling landscapes that actually mitigate
environmental harm – making our communities better places to live.”
are asking all industry professionals and interested parties to participate in
this public comment period to ensure the quality and applicability of the
revised guidelines,” said Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the United
States Botanic Garden. “The guidelines will raise public expectations about the
essential value that the built landscape can provide if done sustainably.”
online form is available for the public to provide feedback on this draft at www.sustainablesites.org. Responses
will inform the SITES 2013 Reference
Guide, which will be released in mid-2013.