Danielle Pieranunzi | U.S. Green Building Council
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Danielle Pieranunzi

  • AP-Homes Certified

Since 2006, I have served in multiple roles in the development of the Sustainable SITES Initiative® (SITES®), most recently as the SITES Director at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Over the years, I worked closely with over 60 technical experts in soils, hydrology, vegetation, materials and human health and well-being from across the United States to define the criteria for high performance landscapes. I led a two-year pilot program that included 150 projects seeking to be certified as sustainable sites. This field test and continued research informed the development of the SITES v2 Rating System and accompanying Reference Guide, which we released in June 2014. Currently, I work closely with the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) in the development and delivery of the SITES certification and credentialing services, and I continue to research the role of built landscapes in providing ecosystems services, particularly in urban environments.