Washington, DC (November 10, 2008)- Today the Sustainable Sites Initiative released the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks Draft 2008 for public comment. This important milestone builds on the initial Standards and Guidelines: Preliminary Report released in November of last year. The new draft contains over 50 proposed prerequisites and credits ranging from site selection to sustainable maintenance practices. The initiative is the most comprehensive set of national guidelines yet developed for the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of landscapes.
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.
The metrics’ format is similar to existing LEED tools in structure and will include the following components:
* Credit intent
* Ecosystem services addressed
* Social and economic benefits
* Submittal documentation
* Technologies and strategies
The Sustainable Sites Initiative received over 125 submittals to the call for case studies. These case studies demonstrate a wide variety of sustainable practices addressing issues associated with stormwater management, integrated design process, habitat restoration, material management, and other sustainable practices. The Initiative will continue to build this library over time from the wealth of innovative submissions received. Future opportunities to submit additional case studies will be promoted on the website.
The Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks Draft 2008 are available for download and public comment through January 20, 2009. Public review and comment is essential to the successful development of these guidelines and performance-based benchmarks.
For information, contact Sustainable Sites Initiative.
Download Sustainable Sites Report
Comment on Sustainable Sites Draft