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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2013
The University of Texas’ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in collaboration with the American Society of Landscape Architects and the United States Botanic Garden, has completed a second version of the SITES™ rating system for sustainable landscapes. Regrettably, we are unable to release or implement the SITES™ v2 rating system, which would be used for certification purposes, until the courts resolve the issues created by an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) lawsuit.
Work has been under way since 2010 to refine the SITES™ rating system. The pilot program and field testing needed to create the SITES™ v2 rating system are now complete. The new version of the SITES™ rating system will continue to raise the bar for landscape sustainability and to guide landscape architects and others in using the most up-to-date, best practices.
This fall, ASLA chose to sue The University of Texas, halting the University’s efforts to resolve amicably issues among the groups that collaborate on the SITES™ rating system. Since the SITES™ v2 rating system contains disputed intellectual property, these guidelines and criteria cannot be released or licensed to the Green Building Certification Institute for certification and credentialing purposes while the litigation is pending.
The University of Texas continues to work to resolve this matter quickly so the important sustainability efforts that are under way — including the release of the new rating system — can continue.Read the initial University of Texas statement about ASLA’s lawsuit: