College Planning & Management

APR 2013

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MANN LIBRARY ENTRANCE, CORNELL UNIVERSITY / PHOTO © NINA BASSUK CREATING SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS LANDSCAPES THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME. When creating sustainable campus spaces, it is suggested that you plan to use native and appropriate non-native plants adapted to site conditions, climate, and design intent to support biodiversity, reduced pesticide use, and water conservation. Use only non-invasive plants that are nursery-grown, legally harvested, or salvaged for reuse from on- or off-site. Control and remove invasive species to limit damage to local ecosystems. systems. Evaluating disparate projects such as a new commercial building or landscape versus one in the heart of a historic campus in any sort of equitable way is not easy — especially when you take into consideration less quantifiable things like aesthetic and cultural context. To its credit, the USGBC has learned from criticism and successfully broadened its perspective over the years — with LEED for Neighborhoods and On-Campus and Multiple Building Certification — but it is still not a perfect system. What SITES aims to do is take some pressure off of LEED by addressing the site and landscape specifically; not to compete with the USGBC's efforts, but rather to support and complement them. The two agencies have worked together, sharing information and research, since the very beginning, and for mutual benefit. In addition to this, discussions are underway between SITES and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the organization that oversees the certification process for various green building programs, including LEED, for GBCI to handle oversight for the SITES certification once the new guidelines come out. In order to test the guidelines and ratings and correct as many potential problems as possible upfront, SITES conducted an extensive pilot program between 2010 and 2012. At this point, feedback from this program is being studied and applied to the 2013 SITES RIBBED STEEL SITE FURNISHINGS CUSTOM DESIGN CAPABILITIES 5 YEAR WARRANTY on TEXTURED METAL-ARMOR COATING wtile@wausautile.com | 800.388.8728 wausautile.com 44 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 TM 60 YEARS WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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