AUSTIN, Texas — The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program has certified sustainable landscapes at a dozen new locations across the country for meeting rigorous standards for environmental design and performance. These 12 landscapes include a historic Maryland house, a pocket park in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, and a public children's garden in Austin, Texas.
Image: SITES-certified pilot project, Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park
Image credit: Vijai Kalathur, Third Rock Studios
2014 has been a very important year for the SITES® program and we can't believe how fast it has gone by! From the release of the new SITES v2 Rating System and Reference Guide, to the first ever SITES v2 professional education, this has been a year of milestones.
Last month, our friends at the Ecological Landscape Alliance posted a thoughtful, concise article outlining the 7 things that make SITES™ v2 "not just another green rating system," especially for projects that are not pursuing certification. The key message of the article, and the main goal behind the development of the the SITES™ program, is that it is a tool that offers a systematic approach to define, develop, enhance and restore landscapes to achieve improved ecosystem services.