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Landscape Structures Pledges $200K to Sustainable Sites Initiative

Landscape Structures Inc. is a top commercial playground equipment manufacturer based in Delano, Minn. This "Blender Spinner" is one of the company's many engaging play structures. Photo: Landscape Structures Inc.

Commercial playground equipment manufacturer Landscape Structures Inc. has committed $200,000 to support the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SSI), an interdisciplinary partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the U.S. Botanic Garden, et al.

SSI is developing guidelines and standards for measuring the sustainability of designed landscapes of all types, as opposed to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system, which measures a building's environmental impact.

The U.S. Green Building Council supports SSI and anticipates adopting the SSI metrics into the LEED system when they are completed.

"As both a landscape architect and advocate for the outdoors, I am excited to support the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative," explained Steve King, FASLA, chairman of Landscape Structures. Mr. King said the company is committed to promoting healthy, sustainable communities and is proud to support the initiative. "It will provide professionals and individuals with excellent information for making sustainable choices in their landscape and outdoor projects," he added.

"We are delighted to receive this level of support from such an outstanding leader in the landscape architecture industry," said Nancy Somerville, ASLA CEO and executive vice president. "Landscape Structures [has] generously supported national initiatives for scholarships, research, active living and education outreach for many years. We welcome their involvement in this important project and know it will inspire other product providers to join as well."

"This generous gift greatly strengthens the Sustainable Sites Initiative. Their commitment to sustainability will help us create the best possible site rating system," said Susan Rieff, executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

SSI will issue the next major report on sustainable landscape design for public comment in November 2008, with a preview available at the ASLA annual meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia, Oct. 3-7.

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December 14, 2019, 8:59 am PDT

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