312. SITES Initiative

Bartholdi Park was renovated in 2016 to showcase practices featured in the Sustainable SITES Initiative —known as SITES—with the goal of reusing resources, locally sourcing materials, growing native plants, eliminating water runoff, and providing an enjoyable and accessible space for people and wildlife alike. 


SITES offers a comprehensive rating system designed to measure the performance and increase the environmental value of designed landscapes. 


This rating system can evaluate projects with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes to homes, and more. In 2017, Bartholdi Park was awarded SITES’s Gold Certification.


The Sustainable SITES Initiative was developed by the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. It is now overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Pick up a Bartholdi Park Field Journal to learn more about the sustainable features of this garden. 

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