Christian Gabriel, ASLA, national design director for landscape architecture for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) wrote in ASLA’s The Dirt that “The GSA determined the incorporation of SITES – which provides a focus on ecological services and sustainability beyond a building’s envelope and also possesses the ability to be applied independently or coupled with LEED certification – offers a highly effective and efficient way to compel environmental performance.”
The U.S. Green Building Council said in its press release about the announcement, “SITES benefits the environment, property owners and local and regional communities and economies. SITES certification is for development projects located on sites with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes to homes.” Mahesh Ramanujam, president, GBCI, and COO of USGBC, said, “Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes.”
Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service webpage (2016 Version)
NewTerrain April 16, 2016.