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SITES from the Ground Up: How to Rate Sustainable Landscapes

Webinar replay from January 21, 2014

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden. These partners worked closely with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations that included sustainability experts, designers and scientists to develop the first nationwide rating system (similar to LEED) for sustainable landscapes that would transform land design, development and management practices. The Ecological Landscaping Association recently became a SITES™ Participating Organization. Lisa Cowan, and CeCe Haydock, both officers in ASLA’s Sustainable Design and Development group, presented this webinar to introduce the soon to be released SITES™ v2 Rating System and Reference Guide, the credit categories, examples of certified pilot projects and ideas on how to make the economic case for the value of sustainable landscapes. This presentation is part of the free Webinar Series “A Focus on Sustainability” prepared for landscape professionals. The series is being presented through collaboration of the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA), the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA), & EcoLandscape California (ELC). Known regionally for their quality education programs, these organizations are working cooperatively to share knowledge and encourage conversations with landscape professionals from around the country and the globe.

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