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At the ASLA Annual Meeting, October 21-24 in New Orleans:

Friday, October 21, 1-5pm: SITES Workshop entitled “Navigating the Submittal Process and Trouble-shooting Challenges with the Experts.” Gain a strong foundation for the certification process and experience the documentation submittal process through example from past pilot examples as well as with a current V2 project. Learn tips for discussing SITES with perspective clients and make the case for why one should certify.Workshop experts/presenters include: Jose Alminana, FASLA, and Jason Curtis, Andropogon Associates, David Yocca, FASLA, Conservation Design Forum, Micah Silvey, PE, LEED AP BD +C, Green Business Certification Inc. and James Moyer, Grand Valley State University. There will be an overview of the SITES certification process and then a focus on particular topics for each of the project breakouts.

Saturday, October 22, 11-12:30am: Education session entitled “SITES: Early Planning for Maintenance and Performance Furthers Sustainability Goals and Marketability.” This session will examine how early integration of sustainable design decisions for hydrology, soil, and vegetation with operations and maintenance plans can improve performance outcomes, cost effectiveness, educational opportunities and marketability while satisfying SITES credits. The session will highlight a project from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy in Brooklyn, NY, which was one of the main pilot projects for the DEP large scale Bioswale plan for NYC. (In process for certification under SITES V2). The executive director from the Gowanus Canal, Andrea Parker, will highlight the performance metrics data from the project to date as well as review educational elements, programming and partnerships that were developed.   
Tuesday, October 25th, 7:30-11:30 am
The SITES® Accredited Professional (AP) Exam.

The deadline to reserve a seat is October 11. Register online following instructions provided. Refer to the candidate handbook. Read SITES AP FAQs and check out the SITES AP webpage. Any additional questions should be emailed to

Registrants should download the Rating System for free on the SITES® website and purchase the Reference Guide to use as a study guide
. You will need to request the ASLA discount for $199 via email.

A bus will be provided at no additional cost. It will depart from either the New Orleans Ernest Morial Convention Center or the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel at approximately 7:30 a.m. (details on this and on food options to follow). The bus will return at the end of the test time allotment (approximately 11:30 a.m.).
ASLA will roll out a SITES AP exam prep webinar series in October.
Fees are similar to comparable professional accreditations such as the LEED AP. See the fee schedule.

Other SITES Education

Soon to come on USGBC Education website: SITES Webinar on Section 2.2 Pre-design Assessment and Planning

We are excited to share news regarding the next phase for SITES. ASLA and the University of Texas at Austin have transferred ownership of the SITES Rating System to Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification body for the LEED green building program from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and GBCI is now accepting applications for project certification under the SITES v2 Rating System.

We are confident that GBCI’s leadership of SITES will take the program to the next level and ensure its future growth and influence. ASLA will continue to contribute to the development of SITES as a member of the SITES advisory council and will support the Initiative through ongoing education and promotion activities. ASLA members will continue to be involved on the technical committees that support the Rating System. The role of ASLA, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden in the development of SITES will be recognized in SITES materials and communications. ASLA members are entitled to discounts for all SITES materials, certification, and, when developed, credentialing. 

About the Rating System

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES®) v2 Rating System is a set of comprehensive, voluntary guidelines together with a rating system that assesses the sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of landscapes. It is used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policy-makers, and others to guide land design and development. The SITES v2 Rating System can apply to projects a various scales, with or without buildings. Project types include: open spaces, streetscapes, commercial and educational / institutional campuses, residential neighborhoods and yards, military, and more. 


The SITES Rating System is produced by the Green Business Certification Inc., which owns exclusive rights to the SITES Rating System, its publications and trademarks. The material on which the SITES Rating System is based was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Fund, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.


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For more information or questions, please contact Linette Straus at or 202-216-2327