10:50am - 11:40am
Site: room 201
Too often, landscapes are seen as an afterthought – something to be altered and shaped once elements like buildings and roads are finalized. Modeled originally after LEED, the SITES program has shifted the focus beyond the building to reveal the necessity of healthy, functioning landscapes and green infrastructure in achieving overall sustainability and community resilience. High-performance sites provide a variety of benefits and can create ecologically resilient places better able to withstand and recover from catastrophic events. This session will frame the importance of land design and development by exploring the SITES v2 Rating System and relevant case studies.