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SITES in 10: New SITES Advocacy Tool Available

The Sustainable Design and Development (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. The SITES Rating System is a set of comprehensive, voluntary guidelines that inform and assess the sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of landscapes.

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 has developed a “SITES in 10” presentation, an elevator-pitch slide deck that highlights the reasons why clients should pursue SITES project certification.

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

SITES in 10 Slide Deck (PowerPoint)

SITES in 10 Slide Deck (PDF)

For general SITES information, project directories, and updates, please visit the Sustainable SITES Initiative website. SITES APs can earn SITES-specific continuing education through a number of ASLA on-demand webinars—learn more at

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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