Changes in Earth’s climate affect many aspects of an ecosystem—its water cycle, its habitats, wildlife behavior (like migration patterns) and the timing of natural processes such as blooming cycles. In combination with other stressors, climate change is overwhelming the capacity of ecosystems to weather the impacts of extreme events like fires, floods and storms.
For millions of years, plants and animals have successfully adapted to environmental change. However, with shifts in climate now being experienced on larger and faster scales than ever before, many animal and plant species are at risk of dwindling numbers or even extinction through the shifting climate.
LEED and SITES help protect our ecosystem
One of the priorities for green building and landscape design is to preserve the larger ecosystem by minimizing the impact of the built environment. In this, the LEED and SITES rating systems are complementary, aligning to tackle water management, optimize sustainability and foster resiliency for entire projects—including both building and site, to keep our ecosystems healthy.
Green infrastructure practices like permeable pavements, rain gardens, bioswales and green roofs can be found in the Rainwater Management credit in LEED v4, as well as the Water prerequisites and credits within the SITES v2 Rating System. Achieving these credits allows projects to foster ecologically resilient places that are better able to withstand and recover from catastrophic weather events.
Greenbuild sessions on sustainable sites
Want to learn more about water strategies incorporated in LEED and SITES? Interested in learning the two biggest challenges with SITES certification and equipping yourself with the tools to tackle them? At Greenbuild Chicago in November, don’t miss the sessions below:
Thurs., November 15, 3–4 p.m.
Explore the Rainwater Management credit in the LEED v4 rating system, and the Water prerequisites and credits within the SITES v2 rating system. Attendees will learn about the evolution of stormwater management and how these credits have evolved over the lifetime of the LEED and SITES rating systems.
Wed., November 14, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
The two biggest challenges with SITES certification are getting client buy-in and understanding the importance of SITES prerequisites. In this session, you will learn how to address questions clients are asking about SITES and hear how design teams have addressed challenging prerequisites in their own projects.