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Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES)

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At the ASLA Annual Meeting, October 21-14 in New Orleans:

Friday, October 21, 1-5pm: SITES Workshop entitled “Navigating the Submittal Process and Trouble-shooting Challenges with the Experts.” 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. The executive director from the Gowanus Canal, Andrea Parker, will present the metrics data and findings from the project to date.

Tuesday, October 25th, 7:30-11:30 am
The SITES® Accredited Professional (AP) Exam.

Bus pick up and drop off location:
Hilton Riverside, 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-1656
There will be signs at the entrance to direct you to the side entrance where the shuttle bus loading is located.

6:45 AM

Bus arrives Hilton Riverside, departs at 7:00am for Prometric Center in Metairie

11:15 AM

Bus at Prometric Test Center, departs at 11:30am

12:00 PM

Estimated arrival time

  • To register for the SITES AP exam:
  • To study for the SITES AP exam download the Rating System for free and purchase the Reference Guide: ASLA members receive a discount ($199) with their member ID.

Other SITES Education

Soon to come on USGBC Education website: SITES Webinar on Section 2.2 Pre-Design Assesment 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.About SITES

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.  

Explore SITES news from ASLA from 2007 to the present as well as SITES coverage in the news.

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


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