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Sustainable Sites Management


Sustainable Sites Management includes strategies related to the healthy and safe maintenance of landscapes, protection and restoration of habitat, and provision of landscape elements on existing healthcare campuses dedicated to providing therapeutic and respite functions for both staff and patients. It can also extend to stormwater management systems, strategies for reducing heat-island impacts and night sky pollution. There is significant intersection between green building and operation around this topic; users are encouraged to search the broader site for resources related to this topic. Keyword Searches: [sustainable sites/habitat restoration/integrated pest management].


American Society of Landscape Architects

ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects. The Society’s mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.

Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides)

Works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.

The Center for Health Design

A leading research and advocacy organization of forward-thinking healthcare and design professionals who are leading the quest to improve the quality of healthcare through building architecture and design.

The IPM Institute of North America

ipmAn independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice Integrated Pest Management.

Pesticide Action Network

Works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As a global campaign, PAN links local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network.


GreenScapes for Large-Scale Landscapes

greenscapesThe U.S. EPA GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for landscaping. Designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution, GreenScapes encourages companies, government agencies, other entities, and homeowners to make more holistic decisions regarding waste generation and disposal and the associated impacts on land, water, air, and energy use.

Healthy Hospitals: Controlling Pests without Harmful Pesticides (2003)

hospitalsThis joint report with HCWH and Beyond Pesticides details the results of a survey of hospital pesticide use and provides guidance on safer pest management practices.

Integrated Pest Management for Schools: A How-to Manual (199-2008)

U.S. EPA.This comprehensive manual includes detailed chapters on particular pest issues, as well as how-to develop policies, action plans, and monitoring systems.

Sustainable Sites Initiative

sustainableThe Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. After four years of development and public feedback, the Initiative has released the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes.

The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009

The Case for Sustainable Landscapes

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