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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

January 11, 2012

Composting Council Award

The U.S. Composting Council (USCC) has recognized the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) with its H. Clark Gregory Award for displaying outstanding service to the composting industry through various grassroots efforts. 

The award will be presented at a luncheon during the USCC’s annual conference in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Jan. 19. Danielle Pieranunzi, the Austin-based director of SITES, will accept the award on behalf of the SITES partners. 

SITES is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden. SITES was created to promote sustainable land development and management practices using a voluntary rating and certification system that can apply to landscapes with and without buildings. 

The SITES guidelines and rating system allow and promote the use of compost in a variety of applications, and awards credits for meeting performance-based benchmarks. 

Michael Virga, executive director of the USCC, said, “The Sustainable Sites Initiative, working with its partner organizations as well as numerous stakeholder organizations and technical advisors, is a major proponent for the creation and maintenance of healthy soils and sustainable landscapes. Compost use is an integral part of the SITES guidelines and of great benefit to sustainable landscapes, the community and the environment.  We look forward to strengthening our alliance with SITES and working together with this groundbreaking initiative as it continues to enhance and provide a much needed metric for sustainable design and practice.”

For more information about SITES, visit www.sustainablesites.org. To see previous awards received by SITES partners, visit www.sustainablesites.org/awards. 

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