Green & Main Becomes the First Iowa Project Selected for SITES

DES MOINES, IOWA | NOVEMBER 29, 2010
CONTACT: Sara Crouse, 515-661-5557, info@indigo-dawn.com

The Green & Main Pilot Project has been selected to participate in a new program, the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™),  testing the nation’s first rating system for green landscape design, construction, and maintenance.

Green & Main will join more than 150 other projects from 34 states as well as from Canada, Iceland, and Spain as part of an international pilot project program to evaluate the new SITES rating system for sustainable landscapes, with and without buildings. Examples of other SITES projects include: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward Sustainable Infrastructure Project, and the Indianapolis Super Bowl Village. Sustainable landscapes can clean water, reduce pollution and restore habitats, while providing significant economic and social benefits to land owners and municipalities.

“We are elated that our project was chosen to participate with an initiative center on restoring ecological services, said Indigo Dawn Director Chaden Halfhill. “Establishing nationwide benchmarks for site development is crucial. I’m grateful for the help of so many talented people bringing this landscape to reality.”

SITES, a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden, selected Green & Main based on its extensive environmentally friendly elements. These sustainable practices include: site water conservation, drinking water improvements, and multiple erosion and sediment control methods.

The SITES Rating System includes 15 prerequisites and 51 different credits covering areas such as the initial site selection, water, soil, vegetation, materials, human health and well-being, construction and maintenance – adding up to a 250 point scale. The rating system recognizes levels of achievement by obtaining 40, 50, 60 or 80 percent of available points with one through four stars, respectively. SITES will receive feedback from the pilot projects until June 2012 to revise the final rating system and reference guide for release in 2013. The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Sustainable Sites Initiative, anticipates incorporating guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of its LEED® Green Building Rating System™.

More information on SITES is available at www.sustainablesites.org. For questions about the Green & Main Pilot Project please visit www.greenandmain.org.

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