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On Friday, July 9th, the Central Texas American Planning Association (APA) learned by the Sustainable Sites Initiative from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's own Dr. Steve Windhager.
The goal of Sustainable Sites Initiative is to do for landscape design what LEED certification has done for building design. Under the Sustainable Sites Initiative, sites qualify for certification (1 star, 2 star, 3 star, and 4 star) based on a 250 point scale. As of June 2010, 174 pilot projects were started under the Sustainable Site Initiative.
This quick summary doesn't do Dr. Windhager's presentation justice, so check out his presentation complete with interesting facts about the ROI of urban forests and how New York street trees provide climate moderating benefits to the tune of $27.8 million.
Get more information about sustainable sites here: www.sustainablesites.org