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Addressing Sustainable Sites Issues

GBCI: 0920010325

A comprehensive lesson that identifies best practices for building construction, while also considering sites regional considerations and any site-specific needs.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LU

Published on: November 07, 2016

Average: 3.4 (20 votes)


This lesson is intended to identify best practices for building construction, while also considering sites regional considerations and any site-specific needs. Frameworks, such as the Sustainable SITES Initiative, are introduced as guidelines for developing a sustainable site. Additional topics include what sustainable sites are and why they are so important, ecosystem services, and design and implementation considerations.

This course is intended to provide a general overview for those new to sustainability or unfamiliar with this green building topic.

For instructors interested in using this course content we recommend starting with the Instructor Guide available in the Additional Resources section on the right.

To earn GBCI CE credit for this course:

  • Watch the video modules
  • Complete the Quiz

Additional learning materials include:

  • Activity - Personal Reflection
  • Case Study - A Look at Ecosystem Services in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Podcasts
  • Discussion Questions
  • Knowledge Check - Key Term Matching
  • Flash Cards - Key Terms
  • Activity - Site Analysis
  • Additional Resources

The videos can be accessed by clicking on links below. The additional learning materials are available to download in the Additional Resources section to the right.

For additional courses on the SITES Rating System check out Introduction to the SITES Program, Understanding the Core Concepts of SITES v2 Rating System and Getting Started with the Sustainable Sites Initiative Program.


  1. Articulate the fundamental goals and principles of what constitutes a sustainable site.
  2. Explain the importance of sustainable sites with considerations to their implications on the landscape, natural systems and their economic value.
  3. Summarize ecosystem services and their implications on a sustainably built environment and the concept of the Triple Bottom Line.
  4. Assess appropriate construction, design, operations and maintenance considerations on a specific site.
  5. Evaluate different frameworks that sustainable sites are evaluated under.
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U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC
United States
RWDI | Green Building Services
Portland, OR
United States


Alicia Snyder-Carlson

Senior Sustainability Consultant / Project Manager RWDI | Green Building Services
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