Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched a new credential for landscape architects and sustainability professionals on Oct. 1.
The SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) establishes a common framework to define sustainable landscape design and development, and provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the profession, the organization says. The accreditation emphasizes a metrics-based approach to important concepts like ecosystem services and green infrastructure so that developers and owners can make informed land use decisions.
SITES was developed by a collaboration of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. The rating system can be applied to development projects on sites with or without buildings, and draws on the experience gained from a two-year pilot program involving more than 100 projects. Today, 47 projects have achieved SITES certification under the pilot.
The first sponsored testing opportunity for the SITES AP exam was held on Oct. 3, 2016, during the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. An additional testing opportunity will be held on Oct. 25, 2016, during the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans. To register for the SITES AP exam, visit sitesonline.usgbc.org.