LD01 - Exploring the SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development

Monday, November 6 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM | 102A

Abstract Text:

Modeled after LEED® and now administered by GBCI, the SITES v2 Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance based metrics for projects with or without buildings, covering areas such as soil, vegetation, water, materials, and human health and well-being – from initial site selection and site design to construction and maintenance. By aligning design and development practices with the functions of healthy ecosystems, SITES provides a valuable tool grounded in science and applicable to diverse ecoregions. SITES demonstrates how designers, developers, contractors, property owners, governments, and others can protect critical resources and improve the value of a site through regenerative landscapes. This workshop will explore the SITES v2 Rating System and make the case for pursuing SITES v2 certification using real-world project examples. It will also highlight important connections and distinctions between SITES and LEED. This will be an interactive workshop that will engage attendees through live discussion and application of SITES v2 strategies with active projects. Attendees will be able to speak to the value of SITES, understand the central rating system components and themes, identify the important steps for pursuing SITES certification, and set a framework to start studying for the new SITES AP exam.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the SITES v2 rating system and central underlying themes

Speak to the value of applying SITES v2 and pursuing project certification

Identify important steps and considerations for pursuing SITES certification

Think critically about opportunities and challenges with SITES v2 by examining real-world project applications

Learning Level:

Level 200 - Understanding/Comprehension


GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
SITES Specific

Event Type: Workshop (Pre-Conference) > Session