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Sustainable Sites

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is inviting public comment on a new proposed set of standards for sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance. The report, entitled Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks Draft 2008, is the most comprehensive set of national guidelines yet developed for landscape sites, and is available for download at www.sustainablesites.org. (An online feedback form has been created for users to help improve the guidelines.) The initiative is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden. Here’s a bit more information:

These guidelines will enable built landscapes to support natural ecological functions by protecting existing ecosystems and regenerating ecological capacity where it has been lost. The report includes more than 50 prerequisites and credit options that cover everything from initial site selection to construction and maintenance. The report represents thousands of hours with input from 37 technical advisors in hydrology, vegetation, soils, materials and human health and well being. These credits were tailored to apply to any landscape, with our without buildings.

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