LAFAYETTE, CO…August 30, 2017 Bill Gotthelf, Senior Project Manager at Design Concepts Community + Landscape Architects has earned the SITES Professional (SITES AP) credential through Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI), placing him among an elite group of leading professionals who are dedicated to elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.
The SITES AP establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development. It provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession. SITES APs poses the knowledge and skills necessary to support the SITES certification process, including participating in the design and development process, support and encouraging integrated design, managing the application and certification process and providing advocacy and education for the adoption of SITES.
Design Concepts President Carol Henry is thrilled by Bill’s certification. “Bill is the perfect person on our team to implement this great new tool for positive change, incorporating sustainable landscape design practices into a comprehensive, elegant system. We are excited for him and for the projects our clients will be creating with his expertise.”
Even before the SITES system was created, Design Concepts was an advocate of the SITES guiding principles. As Henry states, “We always design collaboratively, foster environmental stewardship, and bring nature and culture together.”
The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.
SITES can be applied to development projects located on land with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, from streetscapes to homes. The SITES rating system is currently being used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and more.
Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The four overarching goals of the SITES rating system are to create regenerative systems and foster resiliency; ensure future source supply and mitigate climate change; transform the market through design, development and maintenance practices; and enhance human wellbeing and strengthen the community.
By supporting the SITES certification system, SITES APs help create landscapes and places that provide important ecosystem services, conserve resources, create regenerative systems and foster resiliency, mitigate climate change and enhance human wellbeing while strengthening the community. SITES APs are also responsible for elevating landscape architecture and educating the public about the critical role that SITES plays in protecting and healing the environment.
The SITES AP program is one of several professional credentials administered through GBCI, which uses rigorous test development best practices to assess whether professionals have the minimum competencies to perform their jobs. In addition to SITES, GBCI also administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate credential, the LEED AP with specialty credentials, and the WELL AP credential, which focuses on human health and wellbeing in the built environment. GBCI has received and maintained Personnel Certification accreditation from the American National Standards Institute since 2011. GBCI credentials require ongoing maintenance every two years.
To learn more about Design Concept’s commitment to sustainable landscape design, development, and management, visit www.dcla.net. More information on the SITES AP is available at http://www.sustainablesites.org/sites-ap.
About Green Business Certification Inc.
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. Through rigorous certification and credentialing standards, GBCI drives adoption of green business practices, which fosters global competitiveness and enhances environmental performance and human health benefits.
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About Design Concepts
Founded in 1981, Design Concepts provides thoughtful, innovative, and dynamic designs for public and private spaces. Design Concepts is nationally recognized as a leader creating and re-imagining spaces that embrace community gathering, recreation and play, connections to nature, and a focus on the environment. They continue to innovate healthy communities, learning landscapes, and entertaining outdoor community places. The firm’s current work includes a variety of learning landscapes, destination parks, inclusive play environments, new recreation amenities, and community planning. To learn more about the firm visit: www.dcla.net.
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