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GBCI Launches Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

Green Business Certification Inc. has launched its newly acquired SITES rating system for developing sustainable landscapes. Developed through a collaborative effort 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, SITES can be applied to development … Read more »

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Sustainable Landscapes Rating System Launched

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program has updated its sustainable landscapes rating and certification program for use by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers and others who work in land design and development. Landscapes are considered sustainable if they reduce water demand, filter and reduce stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, … Read more »

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How to Build Better Buildings

US design and construction companies along with building owners and operators have agreed to incorporate resilience in planning, building materials selection, design, construction and operational techniques. The industry groups define resilience as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from and more successfully adapt to adverse events. The … Read more »

NREL Wins SITES Sustainable Landscaping Certification

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s campus won a SITES certification for sustainable landscaping after participating in the Sustainable Sites Initiative’s pilot program. The pilot, which launched by in 2010, included 150 projects from 34 states. Roughly 30 acres on NREL‘s South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colo. were included in … Read more »