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SITES in 10 Advocacy Tool


ASLA's Sustainable Design and Development Professional Practice Network (SDD PPN) is continually seeking to advance sustainable design in ways that are innovative, feasible, and impactful. One specific tool towards achieving this goal is the implementation of the Sustainable SITES Initiative® (SITES®) rating system.

As a PPN, we support SITES through education, professional outreach, and the creation of tools to assist landscape architecture practitioners. SITES provides an excellent professional framework for landscape architecture design, but one implementation stumbling block can be getting client buy-in. As more practitioners make the case for SITES, we want to empower you with the tools to advocate for certification. Thus, the SDD PPN leadership team developed a “SITES in 10” presentation, an elevator pitch slide deck highlighting the reasons why clients should pursue SITES project certification.

In addition to the recording of the presentation above, all are welcome to download the presentation:

SITES in 10 Slide Deck (PowerPoint)

SITES in 10 Slide Deck (PDF)

The presentation includes PPT slides and speaking notes to accompany each slide, providing a 10-minute summary designed to help practitioners make the pitch. While there are some overview slides, this deck is not intended to be a SITES 101 presentation. It focuses on the rating system’s return on investment, impact, and achievability. The slide deck is intended to be customized based on the audience, region, and project type.

Have you been an advocate of the SITES Rating System in a pitch to your clients or stakeholder groups? The SDD PPN wants to hear from practitioners like you who have been a part of those conversations and can share how the SITES rating system leads to achieving your project sustainability goals and to higher returns on investment. Do you have a project that you are willing to share with us to help deepen the bench of data? Do you have any anecdotal information to share, or quotes on how the rating system helped you create a successful project? We hope to gather information from project teams in order to build a central location of resources for practitioners and owners.



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