AUSTIN, Texas - The most comprehensive system for developing sustainable landscapes, the SITES v2 Rating System, has been released by the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program for use by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and others who work in land design and development.
In May, Great Ecology wrote a blog entry calling SITES™, "a new standard for ecological landscape design." The post mentions how SITES is a voluntary program similar to the USGBC's LEED Certification. However, rather than buildings, the focus for SITES is the performance metrics that measure a built landscape's ability to provide ecosystem services.
At the APA's 2014 National Planning Conference, several sessions were offered relating to sustainability. It stands to reason then, seeing as sustainability has become increasingly popular among many land design, planning, and maintenance professions, that SITES would be at the forefront of the conference. SITES Program Director, Danielle Pieranunzi, LEED AP, introduced the audience to the SITES v2 Rating System, calling attention to many new features such as calculation guidelines and new criteria for achieving certification.