College Planning & Management

APR 2013

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Facilities CHARLOTTE BRODY DISCOVERY GARDEN AT SARAH P. DUKE GARDENS AT DUKE UNIVERSITY / PHOTO © RICK FISHER C AMPUS SPACES Creating Sustainable Campus Landscapes The SITES initiative encourages the design and creation of more ecologically sound and healthier places on campus. BY MAR K HOUGH I T HAS BEEN 13 YEARS SINCE the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) set out to methodically quantify and document degrees of success in sustainable design and construction through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. The cumulative impact LEED has had on the way we design and build on our campuses during this time is undeniable. As we have learned, however, it is not the be-all and end-all that many had hoped; shortcomings and 40 miscues have been well documented and, in many cases, corrected. At least one problem that has never been sufficiently resolved, however, is the relatively little attention LEED pays to the landscape. While the nonstop, point-grabbing treasure hunt for Silver, Gold, or even Platinum certification has forced architects to get better at designing and creating more efficient structures, everything outside the building envelope has basically remained an afterthought. This narrow approach not only downplays COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 the complex role a project's site plays in its overall sustainability, it also ignores cultural and contextual considerations that are critically important to campus planning and design. Thankfully, there could be help on the horizon with the long-overdue introduction of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) into the certification game. The Roots of SITES SITES (www.sustainablesites.org) began in 2005 as collaborative effort between the WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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