Austin will require all future Parks and Recreation projects to achieve SITES certification

Amid the sweltering, climate change–fueled heatwave sweeping across the U.S., the city of Austin is doing its part in sustainability and environmental health. The capital city announced on Monday that it has adopted a SITES certification requirement for its Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) projects—becoming the first city worldwide to do so. 

SITES is administered by Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI), a leading global health and sustainability certification entity; the program grants certifications to commercial, residential, and institutional, streetscaping, and landscaping projects of at least 2,000 square feet. It primarily examines a project’s landscaping, ensuring its terrain is working to reduce water and energy

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