Sustainable Sites Initiative is being adopted by the US Green Building Council into the LEED program. Its purpose it to provide standards for sustainable land practices that will increase ecological benfits such as climate regulation, clean air and water, and improve teh quality of life. Points are awarded on a scale of low to high for over 44 benchmarks, ranging from new site selection and design through restoration. Restoration includes components of ecology, human health, materials selection, construction activities, and maintenance and operations. Now is a great time to incorporate these standards into your landscape plan and be “point-ready” when the updated LEED program is unveiled.

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