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The Sustainable Sites Handbook: A Complete Guide to the Principles, Strategies, and Best Practices for Sustainable Landscapes Hardcover – January 18, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0470643556 ISBN-10: 0470643552 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470643552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470643556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Sustainable Sites Handbook is extremely clear and well-structured, synthesizing a wealth of specific information into a useable form. The book brings together sound technical information in a well-reasoned intellectual context. It is is destined to become a key reference work for the profession." (Elizabeth Mossop, The Dirt, 2012)

"Calkins and other experts cover all of the primary elements of site design in detail, from site assessment to soils, vegetation, and water.... landscape architects looking for a single resource to expand their technical knowledge base on sustainable site design would be hard pressed to find a better place to start." (, August 2012)

"The Sustainable Sites Handbook is indeed a major useful expansion of the LEEDS Green Building Rating System by bringing both rural open space and the social landscapes into determined sustainable design standards and appropriate maintenance criteria for use by all professional site planners. Soil mechanics and agricultural/horticultural soil systems are beautifully woven into this comprehensive evaluation of appropriate management of sites planning." (InSitu (International Institute of Site Planning), April 2012)

"The Book provides a thorough introduction to sustainable design, explaining sustainability and its integration into site design." (Garden Design Journal, July 2012)

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The definitive resource guide for sustainable site design, construction, and management

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is transforming land design, development, and management practices across the United States with the first national rating system for sustainable landscapes. The Sustainable Sites Handbook features comprehensive and detailed information on principles, strategies, technologies, tools, and best practices for sustainable site design. Contributors to this book are some of the same experts that carefully shaped the SITES rating tool, ensuring thorough coverage of the broad range of topics related to sustainable site design.

The Sustainable Sites Handbook offers in-depth coverage of design, construction, and management for systems of hydrology, vegetation, soils, materials, and human health and well-being. Focusing primarily on environmental site design and ecosystem services, this wide-ranging guide also covers issues of social equity, economic feasibility, and stewardship, which are crucial to the success of any sustainable site.

Equally useful as a handbook for obtaining SITES credits or for the independent development of sustainable sites, The Sustainable Sites Handbook is an indispensible resource for practicing professionals in landscape architecture, landscape design, architecture, civil engineering, land planning, horticulture, ecology, environmental engineering, landscape contracting, and parks and recreation management.

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Landscape design should be functional and aesthetically pleasing. This is a book that Aldo Leopold, Rachael Carson & Ian McHarg would be proud of. Finally, the natural environment is getting the attention it deserves and needs. Human health, well being and sustainability are compatible, & necessary. In 2005, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SSI) was created, a logical extension of LEED building standards. This handbook explains how social and economical issues are properly integrated with water, soil and air concerns. Innovation, research, monitoring and, yes, even common sense are the driving forces of how to make our outside environments positively sustainable. It is an educational textbook and summation of what has improved in 9 years. It can be useful to anyone from homeowner to architect. It is not a weekend makeover book. It teaches those who want, and need, to learn. Hopefully this book will change your mindset, improve your life and save the planet that we are not so slowly destroying. Great book!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By xuerong zheng on February 16, 2013
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recommend to all who need this, really helpful, comprehensively tell all problem and solution
and lot of example provided to help well design relate to aesthetic portion
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