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Sustainability

SITES v2

SITES v2 is the most comprehensive system for developing sustainable landscapes. It is used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policy-makers, and others to guide land design and development.

Originally modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System, SITES v2 includes best practices in landscape architecture, ecological restoration, and related fields, and knowledge gained through peer-reviewed literature, case-study precedents, and projects registered in the SITES Pilot Program.

SiteScapes’ products can help in the following credit areas:


Credit 5.5:  Use recycled content materials

  • Intent
  • Reduce the consumption of virgin materials and avoid landfilling useful materials by purchasing products with recycled content.

  • Requirements
  • Percentages are based on cost or replacement value. Determine the recycled content value of a material assembly by weight. The recycled fraction of the assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

    Recommended Strategies:

    • Establish a project goal for recycled content, and identify material suppliers or local products that can help achieve this goal.

    Strategies that could be used to achieve this credit include:

    • Specifying plastic lumber made with recycled content
    • Using crushed concrete for aggregate bases
    • Specifying new asphalt with recycled asphalt aggregate
    • Specifying high recycled content steel
    • Utilizing spent iron and foundry sand as fine aggregate in concrete
  • SiteScapes Contribution
  • SiteScapes products contain 70% – 99% recycled content. Recycled content depends on product type. For a full recycled content description see our product information.


Credit 5.6: Use regional materials

  • Intent
  • Reduce energy use for transportation; increase demand for regional materials, plants, and soils; and promote regional identity by supporting the use of local resources.

  • Requirements
  • Percent calculations are based on cost or replacement value. If only a fraction of a material is extracted, harvested, recovered, and manufactured within the specified distances, then only that percentage 9by weight) shall contribute to the regional value. Use materials, plants, and soils that are sourced within the distances specified such that they constitute at least:

    • 30 percent of total materials cost – 3 points
    • 60 percent of total materials cost – 4 points
    • 90 percent of total materials cost – 5 points

    Extraction, harvest or recovery, and manufacture must occur within 500 miles.

  • SiteScapes Contribution
  • SiteScapes is centrally located in Lincoln, NE. As such, we are able to provide site furnishings to a large section of the Midwest that meets this "regional" requirement for a 500 mile radius. See our regional material map for specifics.


Credit 6.9: Encourage fuel efficient and multi-modal transportation

  • Intent
  • Reduce emissions and promote a healthy lifestyle by encouraging and supporting efficient and adaptable modes of transportation.

  • Requirements
  • Provide at least 3 of a specified list of options, including:

    • Site amenities at structured bus shelters (e.g. appropriate weather protection structures, seating, waste and recycling receptacles)
    • Short-term bicycle parking for not less than 6 bicycles within 50 feet of each primary entrance of a building and long-term bicycle praking, either enclosed and secured or within 200 feet of inhabited buildings, for seven percent of the building’s total users.
  • SiteScapes Contribution
  • SiteScapes offers a wide variety of bike parking options that are perfect for bike security and storage as well as various seating options and both trash and recycling receptacles






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