A Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Landscape Designer has become one of the first professionals in Indiana to earn the SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) credential though Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
This certification signifies that Monica Guillaud, ALSA, SITES AP, stands amongst an elite group of sustainable sites design leaders dedicated to promoting the value of landscapes and ecological health within the built environment.
“The ability to say ‘We created something great here that demonstrates leadership in design,’ is a much stronger statement when it can be bolstered by the confidence of extensive research, quantifiable results, and a rigorous third-party review team,” Guillaud said. “Browning Day has made the commitment to strive for this kind of performance-driven design, and my goals include facilitating the firm’s growth in that direction.”
A project’s ecosystems, however, can’t speak up in a meeting without an advocate, and that’s where the stewardship of landscape architecture plays a unique role. In her career, Guillaud says she hopes to represent the clients’ interests while keeping a wide range of potential development impacts in mind, minimizing damaging effects the client may not anticipate on their own.
“Having subject matter experts like Monica in the firm who have this kind of technical service shows we are dedicated to helping clients meet their sustainable design goals,” says Barth Hendrickson, PLA, ASLA, Principal and Executive Vice President at Browning Day.
Since joining the firm in 2014, Guillaud has been instrumental in providing sustainable sites leadership on multiple high-caliber site development projects including the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville, Ind., one of the largest and most advanced mixed-use office and industrial parks in the Midwest. Guillaud is also leading the SITES certification efforts on a major corporate headquarters in Indianapolis.
The accreditation also indicates her knowledge and leadership with regard to the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). SITES is a project rating system used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, developers, policy-makers, and others to align land development and management with innovative green design principles and strategies. Developed collaboratively by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden, SITES aims to integrate healthy natural ecosystems with the landscape of daily human activity through a comprehensive set of guidelines that foster ecosystem services and create ecologically resilient communities that promote environmental and human health.
The SITES rating system offers a unique opportunity for the field of landscape architecture by providing tested and attainable project benchmarks. Browning Day often encourages both clients and designers to see a project as more than its individual parts; to see the bigger picture and to design with intention. The performance-driven approach SITES applies to protecting, preserving, and enhancing valuable ecosystem services aligns with both the firm’s design principles and the AIA 2030 Commitment and Sustainability Action Plan. The firm has been tracking and supporting SITES since its inception in 2007.
To learn more about SITES, please visit: www.sustainablesites.org
About Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf:
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