This course will be an introduction to the SITES rating system, along with a deeper discussion on certain site strategies including low impact development techniques and planting with native and drought tolerant plans. It will focus on understanding water use on site, its natural cycle as well as the larger context and impact of water locally. In addition, it will cover the importance of soil and plant management, with strategies that are specific to the project site and location.
Techniques that will be discussed will include: reducing water use for landscape irrigation, low impact development techniques, choosing native and drought tolerant plans, providing pollinator and bird habitat, restoring native plant communities, managing invasive plants, and creating soil management and pest management plans.
Both the LEED rating system and SITES rating system will be used for this course.
Meet the Presenters
Carrie Havey, LEED Fellow, SITES AP, is a Senior Sustainability Consultant with The Green Engineer. She works collaboratively with project teams to provide sustainable design advice and LEED guidance throughout all project phases. She has been the sustainability consultant on over 50 projects, including: higher education facilities, k-12 schools, healthcare, labs, municipal buildings, and commercial interiors. Carrie has over 20 years of experience, initially working in the fields of urban planning and landscape architecture. Carrie is a member of the USGBC’s Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG) and previously served for four years on the Location and Planning TAG.
Sandy Brock has over 30 years of experience in the civil engineering field. A registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Floodplain Manager, Sandy has developed an expertise in sustainable site design.
Sandy graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She spent two years designing and constructing rural water supplies in Malawi, Africa for the Peace Corps. She is a member of the USGBC Sustainable Site Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and is chair of the Grafton Conservation Commission. Sandy has presented at various industry events on topics such as site development permitting and stormwater management best management practices.