On March 31, the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program announced that it has certified 12 new sustainable landscapes for meeting rigorous standards in environmental design and performance. These landscapes include a historic Maryland house, a pocket park in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and a public children’s garden in Austin, Texas. These are the last to be certified using a 2009 pilot version of the SITES Rating System. The 2009 pilot program informed the June 2014 release of the SITES v2 Rating System and Reference Guide. SITES has now certified 46 projects in 20 states. SITES systems were voluntarily applied to incorporate sustainability into landscape planning, design, construction, and maintenance. Read about how these sites are using innovative stormwater management techniques.
SITES is a collaboration of the Wildflower Center, the United States Botanic Garden, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.