Principles of Sustainable Design: SITES™ Rating System

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Principles of Sustainable Design: SITES™ Rating System
February 6, 2013 9:00 am
February 6, 2013 12:00 pm
Casey Trees Headquarters
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3030 12th St NE, Washington, DC, 20017, United States

SITES™ Rating System: Encouraging and Rewarding Leadership in Site Sustainability

Constructed landscapes, like buildings, can conserve resources or they can degrade and waste them. Landscapes are unique, however, in that they have the additional capacity to enhance and regenerate our collective natural resources, often termed “natural capital” or “ecosystem services”. Because a sustainable site can provide these essential services for human health and well being, it can actually improve environmental quality rather than simply minimizing the damage to natural systems. For the past several years, the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) has been identifying guidelines and metrics that are grounded in rigorous science and can be applied on a site-by-site basis nationwide framed around the concept of ecosystem services. This presentation will provide an overview of the SITES program as well as lessons learned from the two-year pilot program. Danielle Pieranunzi,  LEED AP BD+C, Affiliate ASLA, Director of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ will also review the proposed 2013 rating system anticipated for release in mid 2013 at which time, any site, whether a residential yard, commercial development or a public park, will be able to apply sustainable site practices and pursue SITES certification.


Principles of Sustainable Design Series

This is the second class in a four-part series where experts in the field of sustainable design share specific design features and projects they have been involved with that include considerations for maintaining a healthy urban forest. Learn about sustainable design techniques being used in the District and elsewhere that promote tree spaces that allow for large and healthy trees in urban areas.

Participants can register for each class separately or for the entire series at a discounted price, $50 for all four classes. To receive the discounted rate register here under the Series Participant level and you will automatically be enrolled for all four sessions.

Part 1: Tree Roots in the Inner City

Part 3: Soils Below Pavements

Part 4: Landscape Performance Panel


Getting There

The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accommodate bicycles on-site.


Danielle Pieranunzi, LEED AP BD+C, Affiliate ASLA, Director, Sustainable Sites Initiative™

Who Should Attend?

Open to the general public for those interested in sustainable design practices that relate to the urban forest. Developers, landscape architects, engineers and students will benefit from this more advanced discussion of sustainable design.


All attendees will be provided with a light breakfast. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.

Continuing Education Credits

ISA and LACES Continuing Education Credits available.


*Scholarships are available. If interested, please contact Stephanie Juchs at or 202-828-4132*