Groundbreaking initiative brings sustainable design full circle
Brent joins a select group of pilot projects now certified under the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) Rating System for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance. Brent was awarded a one-star rating by the SITES program, an interdisciplinary effort led by 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 to create a voluntary, national rating system and guidelines for sustainable landscapes of all types, with or without buildings. Certification is based on The Sustainable Sites Initiative™: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009.
In June 2010, Brent was one of more than 150 national and international projects to begin testing the 4-star rating system and guidelines. Located five blocks from the nation’s Capitol, this greyfield site with asphalt dominated grounds was transformed into a sustainable landscape that educates students, parents, and neighborhood residents about green infrastructure. Improvements include the removal of 1,600 square feet of asphalt and the installation of pollinator gardens, [Read More]