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8 projects become SITES certified

September 19, 2012By

WASHINGTON— The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) has announced eight projects that have achieved certification under the nation’s most comprehensive rating system for  the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes. These projects, as part of a group of 150 projects participating in an extensive, two-year pilot program, have applied the SITES guidelines and met the requirements for certification. The... read more

Report illustrates how green infrastructure can save money

June 20, 2012By

Communities looking for the most cost-effective options for managing polluted runoff and protecting clean water should choose green infrastructure solutions, according to a report released today by American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and ECONorthwest. The report, Banking on Green: How Green Infrastructure Saves Municipalities Money and Provides Economic Benefits Community-wide, demonstrates that... read more

First projects certified by SITES national rating system for sustainable landscapes

February 22, 2012By

Three projects certified for sustainable design, construction and maintenance.   The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) has announced the first three projects to be certified by what it says is the nation’s most comprehensive system for rating the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes. The corporate headquarters of an international manufacturing company, a new university green space and a children’s playground... read more

Design for sustainability

January 25, 2012By

The renewed interest in the environment in recent years is not slowing with the pace of the economy. Homeowners and businesses are looking for ways to reduce maintenance and input costs, and a sustainable landscape design is one way to do that. Green roofs are an example of a growth area that owes its popularity to environmental awareness. From reducing... read more

ASLA and APLD call for design award entries

December 16, 2011By

Winning award programs are a great way to market your business. Even if you don’t win, some offer constructive criticism of your landscape designs from the contest judges. Two organizations: the American Society of Landscape Architects (ALSA) and the Association for Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), have issued their call for entries for 2012. Another great landscape awards program is sponsored... read more

More than 100 earn the new Green Roof Pro designation

August 3, 2009By

TORONTO, ONTARIO — Green Roofs for Healthy Cities said the first wave of accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRPs) individuals successfully completed a multi-disciplinary exam encompassing five areas of concentration including pre-design, design, contract management, quality assurance and support, and maintenance. GRP accreditation verifies that the individual has attained the level of interdisciplinary knowledge of best practices associated with the successful design, installation... read more