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© 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ TM September 13, 2012 | Green Building + Landscape Symposium – APGA | Phipps Conservatory SITES™: Promoting and Rewarding leadership in landscape sustainability Danielle Pieranunzi, LEED AP BD+C, Affiliate ASLA SITES Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center TM

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An interdisciplinary effort to create voluntary national guidelines and a rating system for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance for landscapes of all types, with or without buildings © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ TM

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SITES s upporters © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative American Horticultural Society American Institute of Architects American Nursery & Landscape Association American Planning Association American Public Gardens Association American Society of Civil Engineers Association of Professional Landscape Designers Audubon International Canadian Nursery Landscape Association Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Center for Urban Watershed Renewal Concrete Pavement Institute Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

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Professional Landscape Network (PLANET) Rails to Trails Conservancy Sustainable Buildings Industry Council Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition Tree Care Industry Association, Inc. Urban Land Institute US Air Force US Composting Council US EPA US Green Building Council US General Services Administration US National Park Service SITES s upporters © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative

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Professional Landscape Network (PLANET) Rails to Trails Conservancy Sustainable Buildings Industry Council Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition Tree Care Industry Association, Inc. Urban Land Institute US Air Force US Composting Council US EPA US Green Building Council US General Services Administration US National Park Service SITES s upporters © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative

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LEED® Promote use of guidelines and principles (without certification) Develop stand-alone Rating System: Project Certification and Professional Training Influence existing rating systems and codes SITES G oals © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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Measure a site ’ s sustainability within the context of ecosystem services 250 point scale Performance based benchmarks Multiple point levels for many credits 4 levels of Pilot certification Prerequisites plus:  = 100 points (40%)  = 125 points (50%)  = 150 points (60%)  = 200 points (80%) © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ SITES Rating System

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Construction Minimize effects of construction-related activities Site Selection Preserve existing resources & repair damaged systems Pre-Design Assessment and Planning Plan for sustainability from the onset of the project Site Design – Water Protect and restore site ’ s processes and systems Site Design – Soil and Vegetation Protect and restore site ’ s processes and systems Site Design – Materials Selection Reuse/recycle & support sustainable production practices Site Design – Human Health and Well-Being Build communities and a sense of stewardship Operations and Maintenance Maintain the site for long-term sustainability Monitoring and Innovation Reward exceptional performance SITES Rating System – categories © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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Potential Project Applications © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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High Point, Seattle, Washington © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ Over 150 Registered Pilot Projects Range of project types and sizes, geographic diversity Feedback from Pilot Program to inform Reference Guide SITES Pilot Program: June 2010- June 2012

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© 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ SITES Pilot Program

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SITES Pilot Program – Existing Conditions © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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SITES Pilot Program – Project Size © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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SITES Pilot Program – Project Types © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory (Pittsburgh , PA) Bartholdi Park at the U.S. Botanic Garden (Washington , DC) Centre for Urban Ecology Sustainable Landscape Leadership Initiative Humber Arboretum (Toronto, Ontario) Family Garden and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Austin, TX) Environmental Laboratory for Sustainability and Ecological Education (San Jose, CA) Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY) Education Center Site at North Carolina Botanical Garden (Chapel Hill, NC) Holden Arboretum’s Visitor Center Gardens (Kirtland, OH) Rainwater Glen and Woodland at Rice Plant Conservation Science Center (Chicago Botanic Garden) The Rain Garden at Brookside Gardens (Wheaton, IL) SITES Pilot Program – Botanic Gardens/Arboretums © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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SITES Pilot Program – Botanic Gardens/Arboretums B efore After Cleveland's Public Garden Cleveland, OH 10 acres © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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SITES Pilot Program – Botanic Gardens/Arboretums B efore After Meadow Lake/Main Parking Lot at Morton Arboretum Lisle, IL 22 acres © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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SITES Pilot Program – Botanic Gardens/Arboretums The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden at Sarah P. Duke Gardens Durham, NC 0.96 acres © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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PROJECT TIMELINE: Guidelines & Performance Benchmarks 2009 : Released November 2009 Pilot Program June 2010 – June 2012 Release of 2013 Rating System/Reference Guide Mid 2013 Open Enrollment Mid 2013 © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ SITES – Where are we now?

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© 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ Development of SITES 2013 Urgency to raise the bar while ensuring market feasibility Simple and user-friendly yet rigorous and effective FINDING A BALANCE

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© 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ Development of SITES 2013 ENSURING FEASIBILITY FOR ALL PROJECT TYPES:

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© 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ Development of SITES 2013

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© 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ ECOSYSTEM SERVICES VALUATION Further explore the link between credits and improvement to natural capital and ecosystem services Development of SITES 2013

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© 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™ Development of SITES 2013 OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR CERTIFICATION and PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

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LEED® Promote use of guidelines and principles (without certification) Develop stand-alone Rating System: Project Certification and Professional Training Influence existing rating systems and codes SITES G oals © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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SITES Education and Influences © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative

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Stay Tuned Sign up on SITES email newsletters: www.sustainablesites.org/email/ Public Comment Period on proposed 2013 credits (Opens Sept 26 / Closes Nov 5) Coming in 2013! SITES professional workshops and webinars © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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For more info: www.sustainablesites.org or info @sustainablesites.org © 2012 Sustainable Sites Initiative™

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