|Wednesday What's New: Sustainable Sites Initiative|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Wednesday, 01 February 2017|
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), The University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the United States Botanic Garden announced recently that they had developed a new rating system for sustainable landscape design, called the Sustainable Sites Initiative. Similar to the LEED rating system, the Sites Initiative measures the sustainability of designed landscapes of all types, including public, commercial, and residential projects.
Sustainable sites and landscapes have the potential to increase biodiversity, reuse waste water, reduce the urban heat island effect, filter pollution from site runoff, and reduce energy consumption. The Sustainable Sites Initiative states that there are five components to a successful sustainable site, including hydrology, soils, vegetation, materials, and human well-being. Here is their definition of a sustainable site:
"A sustainable site links natural and built systems to achieve balanced environmental, social and economic outcomes and improves quality of life and the long-term health of communities and the environment. Sustainable landscapes balance the needs of people and the environment and benefit both."
For more information visit: The Sustainable Sites Initiative