Sustainable Sites Initiative

Presented in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects-St. Louis Regional Chapter.

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The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Initiative, anticipates incorporating these guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of the LEED Green Building Rating System™.

SITES includes 15 prerequisites and 51 potential credits for a 250-point rating system that recognizes sustainable practices across the industry. Credits cover areas such as use of greenfields, brownfields and greyfields; materials; hydrology: soils and vegetation; construction and maintenance and monitoring the performance of the improvements made. The performance benchmarks and rating system can be used by anyone in the design, construction, and maintenance fields, as well as homeowners and governments. Over 150 Pilot Projects are participating in the SITES two-year Pilot Program (June 2010-June 2012). Presenter Hunter Beckham, SWT Design, will provide insight into the initiative and show examples of two Pilot Projects.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
-Promote a general understanding of SITES
-The importance of a strong interdisciplinary team
-Sustainable site design techniques
-Practical examples from the pilot projects

SPEAKER
Hunter Beckham, SWT Design

WHEN
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114 map

FEE
Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway and ASLA-St. Louis Chapter Members & Full-time Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Sustainable Sites Initiative event listing.

QUESTIONS?
Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

Farnsworth Group, Inc.
Pizzo & Associates, LTD

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