First Buildings, Now Landscapes becoming Certified Sustainable

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For years the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has been certifying buildings under its highly esteemed Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating program.  It’s about time our landscapes, with or without buildings, are recognized when outstanding environmentally-sound designs are implemented.

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is a partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden.  According to ASLA, “The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a stakeholder in the Initiative, anticipates incorporating SITES guidelines and performance benchmarks into future versions of its LEED® Green Building Rating System™.”

The SITES system rates landscapes that “sequester carbon, clean the air and water, increase energy efficiency, restore habitats, and ultimately give back through significant economic, social, and environmental benefits.”  Projects range from residential, corporate  and industrial designs to public parks, streetscapes and transportation corridors, among others.

The first three certified projects have been announced:  The Novus headquarters in Missouri, the Green at College Park (U of Texas), and Woodland Discovery Playground in Tennessee.  Notable features of these sustainably designed landscapes include:  stormwater management, restored habitats, rainwater harvesting, a green roof, use of recycled materials and native plants.

Source:  ASLA

photo of the Woodland Discover Playground courtesy of

Tag(s): Green Design, The Great Green Outdoors


One Response to “First Buildings, Now Landscapes becoming Certified Sustainable”

  1. Concrete Pumping Essex on March 7th, 2012 6:09 am

    Very good article and love the picture, the landscape looks great, thanks for sharing.

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