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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
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.
- 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.).
- To secure a seat, email Linette Straus, ASLA, Professional Practice Manager at ASLA, at SITES@asla.org to be placed on a list.
- The deadline to reserve a seat is September 16. You will have to register with payment in September (date and website to be announced).
- 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.
- ASLA will roll out a SITES AP exam prep webinar series in late August/early September.
- The fee for the SITES AP is not yet set. Expect the fee to be similar to comparable professional accreditations such as the LEED AP.
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.
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 email@example.com or 202-216-2327