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This official reference guide to the Sustainable Sites Initiative Rating System contains information on principles, strategies, technologies, tools, and best practices for sustainable site design applicable to any type of designed landscape, with or without buildings, ranging from shopping malls, streetscapes, subdivisions, corporate and academic campuses, transportation corridors, parks and recreation areas, all the way to single family homes. Equally useful as a guide to achieving SSI credits, or as a guide to independent pursuit of sustainable sites, it offers in-depth coverage on important "green" topics.

Author Biography

MEG CALKINS, ASLA, LEED AP, is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University. As an officer of ASLA's Sustainable Development Professional Practice Network, Meg was part of a small team that approached ASLA about forming the effort that eventually grew into the Sustainable Sites Initiative. Today, Meg is a member of the SITES Technical Core Committee. She served for many years on the LEED Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group. Meg is the author of Materials for Sustainable Sites and is an editorial advisory board member of and contributor to Landscape Architecture Graphic Standards, both published by Wiley. She holds master's degrees in both landscape architecture and architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Michael Van Valkenburgh

Letter from SITES Partners xi

Chapter 1 - Introduction 1
Meg Calkins
Sustainable Site Design Defined 2
The Contents and Structure of This Book 27

Chapter 2 - Predesign: Site Selection, Assessment, and Planning 33
Heather Venhaus
Site Selection 33
Understanding the Site 41
Team Development and Planning Strategies 54
Developing Project Direction: Principles, Goals, and Performance Targets 58

Chapter 3 - Site Design: Water 65
Alfred Vick, John Calabria, Stuart Echols, Michael Ogden, and David Yocca
Sustainable Stormwater Management 72
Stormwater Design Approaches 104
Water Conservation 148
Onsite Wastewater Treatment, Disposal, and Reuse 166

Chapter 4 - Site Design: Vegetation 197
Steve Windhager, Mark Simm ons, and Jacob Blue
Vegetation and Ecosystem Services 202
Vegetation Protection Techniques 213
Sustainable Planting Design and Management 216

Chapter 5 - Site Design: Soils 247
Nina Bassuk and Susan Day
Integrating Soil into the Design Process 249
Soils in the Site Assessment 251
Soil Characteristics and Associated Tests 265
Managing Soils for a Sustainable Site 295
Soil Replacement and Specialized Soils 310
The Soil Management Plan 316

Chapter 6 - Site Design: Materials and R esources 323
Meg Calkins
The Lifecycle of Construction Materials and Products 327
Environmental Impacts of Materials and Products 331
Human Health Impacts of Materials 344
Evaluating Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Materials 348
Inventory and Analysis for Materials 358
Resource Efficiency 360
Low-VOC Materials and Products 390
Materials to Minimize Heat Island Impacts 390
Concrete 396
Aggregates and Stone 398
Asphalt 401
Brick Masonry 403
Earthen Materials 404
Plastics 407
Metals 409
Bio-Based Materials 413
Wood 416
Site Lighting 421

Chapter 7 - Human Health and Well-Being for Sustainable Sites 429
Robert Ryan
Assessing the Site’s Social Setting 432
Sustainability Awareness and Education 436
Social Equality in Site Development, Construction, and Use 440
Site Accessibility 445
Site Wayfinding 449
Site Safety 454
Design for Physical Activity 458
Restorative Settings 462
Design for Social Interaction and Community Building 466
Preserving Historic and Cultural Features 470

Chapter 8 - Operations, Maintenance, Monitoring, and Stewardship 479
Amy Belaire and David Yocca
Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Sustainable Site Operations, Maintenance, and Monitoring 480
Incorporating Operations, Maintenance, and Monitoring Considerations into Site Design 482
Monitoring to Inform Active and Adaptive Stewardship 519

Resources 521

Index 535

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