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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

Rating system: v2009

Published on: March 01, 2014

Average: 4.1 (30 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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San Antonio, TX
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Sustainable Building Advisor, Alternative Energy Systems

Thorough coverage and background to the credits.

Energy Efficiency Engineering Contractor, NSTAR

Great Course!

Associate, Architect / Landscape Architect, Spurlock Landscape Architects

Good overview of the importance of site related items; It would be good to also look what can be considered in denser urban areas.

Intern Architect, HDR, Inc.



Great Wbinar.

Managing Director, Community Outreach, National Assn. of Realtors

On-camera presenters are very informative and engaging, and make the technical course material more relevant.

Senior Associate, CannonDesign


Marketing Knowledge Manager, JLL

Well-done and interesting

Marketing Knowledge Manager, JLL

Well-done and interesting

Electrical Engineer II, Mason & Hanger Group

Very good information given by this course. I like the presentation and it is well documented.

Executive Assistant, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company

Good information.

Electrical and Data Communication Engineer, Woolpert Inc.

Great presentation, good pictures

Senior Landscape Architect, HOK

informative and interesting

HDR, Inc.

good ceu

Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey (RHAA)

basic intro.

Department Manager

goos information

Director, Architectural Engineering, American Tower Corporation


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

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

Urban Planner / Landscape Architect, GAI Consultants

Simple, Clear intermediate level course

Consultante en urbanisme, Lemay CO inc.

Excellent presentation


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

LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty, Professor and Area Chair: Building Energy Performance, 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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