by Tobias Wolf, ASLA
The ELA Board is excited to announce that the organization recently joined the Sustainable Sites Initiative as a Participating Organization. The Sustainable Sites Initiative, also known as SITES, promotes sustainable landscapes through voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for design, construction, and maintenance. [click to continue…]
by CeCe Haydock
The Sustainable Sites Initiative™, or SITES™ for short, was born from a need for a nationwide, voluntary rating system for landscape construction. The collaborative effort involved forty groups, with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the U.S. Botanic Garden as lead partners, and the rating system was codified in the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009.
In May 2010, over 150 projects from 34 states as well as from Canada, Iceland, and Spain were chosen as part of an international pilot project program to evaluate the new SITES™ rating system for landscapes both with and without buildings. [click to continue…]