First Rating System to be Launched for Sustainable Landscapes

American Society of Landscape Architects:

What: The Sustainable Sites Initiative will release the nation’s first rating system for the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. A partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Initiative’s rating system represents four years of work by dozens of the country’s leading sustainability experts, scientists and design professionals, as well as public input from hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations. This essential missing link in green design will foster a transformation in land development and management practices.

Why: Existing rating systems offered little guidance beyond a building’s skin and focused on reducing a building’s environmental impact. Unlike buildings, sustainable landscapes can even give back by cleaning the air and water, reversing climate change, restoring habitat and biodiversity –with the potential to provide significant social and economic benefits.

Who: Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden
          Nancy Somerville, Executive Vice President and CEO of ASLA
          Susan Rieff, Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at
          The University of Texas at Austin

When: Thursday, November 5 at 10:00 AM

Where: United State Botanic Garden Conservatory – West Gallery

Source: http://www.sustainablesites.org/

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