Green Business Certification Inc™ (GBCI) has announced a new credential for professionals who are trained in sustainable landscape design. Called SITES AP (SITES Accredited Professional), it establishes standards for sustainable landscape design and gives professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in the area.
GBCI will be offering certification exams for professionals at different locations around the country, and the next is at the annual ASLA conference in New Orleans on October 25th.
SITES, a rating system for sustainable landscapes, was developed through a collaborative effort undertaken by ASLA, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC. A two-year pilot program involved more than 100 projects, and under that pilot, 47 projects received SITES certification, including landscape installations at corporate headquarters, private homes, parks, and academic campuses.