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Sustainable Sites: Site Selection Criteria

GBCI: 0090000745

Emphasizing the importance of restoration and preservation of natural habitats, this one hour film explores issues confronting design professionals when selecting a building site.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED Green Associate
  • LU/HSW

LEED version: v2009

Published on: March 01, 2014

Average: 4 (14 votes)


Emphasizing the importance of restoration and preservation of natural habitats, this one hour film explores issues confronting design professionals when selecting a building site. With a focus on reducing environmental impacts from building on or near environmentally sensitive sites, such as on farmland or near wetlands, the course delves into the requirements of Sustainable Sites Credit 1 (Site Selection) for the BD&C LEED 2009 rating system. Real life examples of LEED projects are presented during interviews with Subject Matter Experts, including illustrations of implementation and lessons learned during the LEED process.


  1. Identify benefits of wetlands and prime farmland
  2. Describe the importance of the Endangered Species Act
  3. Explain how to restore and conserve wildlife habitat
  4. Identify requirements for Sustainable Sites Credit 1 Site Selection
  5. List other resources to help select a sustainable site
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GreenCE, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
United States

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9 commentsLeave a comment

Environmental Scientist (Geologist), U.S. General Services Administration

This was a good overview and captures what's required.

Landscape Designer / Planner, Miller Legg

Simple, Clear intermediate level course

Aménagiste, Services integres Lemay et associes

Excellent presentation


A far more enjoyable choice in earning those LEED specific credits.

LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty, Principal,, zenerG
Pro Reviewer

This is a beginner level course that introduces SS Credit 1 and its requirements. It is US-centric in terms of the examples and issues described, but the theoretical information presented is relevant for an international LEED audience as well.

The sections on wetlands, wildlife habitat, are very good.

THERE IS AN ERROR in the presentation, since the course mentions synergy with SS Credit 2 Development Density and Community Connectivity, but goes on to describe SS Credit 5.1 Site Development—protect or restore habitat instead. If not for this error, I would give this course at least 3 stars.

Overall, of the 5 course objectives: 4 and 5 could have been handled better; 1, 2 and 3 are done well.

When taking this course, I would recommend reading SS Credit 1 in advance and having it open in a document in front of you during the video. Also familiarize yourself with the other SS credits before watching the video.

CEO/Founder, The Green Building Center

The graphics were very good but the narration did not flow as well with them. This course seems to be more of a beginner session than intermediate however. Under the additional resources tab, there was really not anything there to allow participants to follow up and get additional information related to the topics discussed.

Founder and Principal, Ecoworks Studio

Good intermediate course on sustainable site selection.

Senior Architectural Engineer, Al-Muhaidib Contracting Company

thanks for the information and the presentation was excellent

Architectural Engineer Designer, McKenzie Engineering Co., Inc

This was a really well done video! Excellent graphics, music, narration and associated graphics with the narration. Really great job!

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