Engage with SITES to learn about developing sustainable landscapes: here's how!

Published on
24 Sep 2015
Sarah Merricks

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 that people enjoy from healthy natural systems.

The SITES program offers a comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable sites, measure their performance and ultimately evaluate the value of landscapes. Administered by GBCI, the SITES rating system can apply to developed projects located on sites with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes, homes and much more.

Interested in registering your project or learning more about SITES? Here are some upcoming events that can help:

Register for a webinar on SITES

Attend one of our live, informational webinars to learn more about the SITES rating system. Attendees of this webinar will gain an overview of the SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development, learn how SITES (and an integrative process) can offset development impacts while protecting and restoring ecosystem services and understand the synergies and distinctions between LEED and SITES.

Introduction to the SITES Rating System

Dates (select one of the following):

Register for the October webinar on SITES

Register for the November webinar on SITES

ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, November 6-9

Visit our booth on the expo floor—members of our team will be exhibiting at booth #1356 on both Saturday and Sunday. Engage with us to learn more about SITES. 

Attend one of our sessions at the conference:

  • W3-003 SITES "Hackathon": A Hands-on, Real-world Introduction to the SITES v2 Rating System (Friday, November 6 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm): Join practitioners, emerging professionals and students as you hack through a SITES submittal. Using ASLA's Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project as a case study, workshop attendees will tackle the SITES prerequisites and credits. Gain intimate, hands-on knowledge of these requirements, which will ensure your future success leading SITES projects.
  • SAT-B05 - Ask the Experts: Questions about the SITES Rating System, Certification, and More (Saturday, November 7 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm): This is an opportunity to get your SITES questions answered by the experts who developed the rating system, work on project certification, and have completed certified pilot projects. Come prepared to stump the experts and challenge the panelists to prove how SITES can work for you. Attendees will become familiar with the challenges of SITES and recognize solutions for successful certification, identify the lessons learned from experience on SITES-certified pilot projects, apply the advice of certification experts to future SITES projects and solve common problems on their own after hearing accounts from others. 

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

Participate in a half-day workshop on SITES on Monday, November 16 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.

Understanding the SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development offers an introduction to SITES. Attendees of this in-person workshop will gain an overview of the SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development, learn how SITES (and an integrative design process) can offset development impacts while protecting and restoring ecosystem services, understand the synergies and distinctions of LEED and SITES credits and examine successful projects that employ sustainable landscape strategies.

Register for the SITES workshop at Greenbuild today

To learn more about SITES, you can also visit our booth on the expo floor to connect with the SITES team.