Course Details

The Sustainable Sites course dives into leading strategies on policy guidelines, green building certifications and key industry trends that focus on the importance of preserving and improving ecological integrity while supporting high performance building operations.

  • 7 Chapters

  • Approx. 1 Hour

  • 35 Slides

  • Video Webinar Style

  • 1

    Chapter 1

    • Webinar Introduction

  • 2

    Chapter 2

    • Policy Guidelines

  • 3

    Chapter 3

    • Reporting Guidelines

  • 4

    Chapter 4

    • Best Practices

  • 5

    Chapter 5

    • Certifications

  • 6

    Chapter 6

    • Case Studies

  • 7

    Chapter 7

    • Resources

  • 8


    • Resources (download)

What You'll Learn

The Sustainable Sites Course will provide you with leading industry strategies that focus on the importance of preserving and improving ecological integrity while also supporting high performing building operations. Throughout the course, you will learn about industry trends, actionable best practices and strategies, site management and improvement policies, GRESB reporting guidelines and requirements for pursuing green building certifications related to sustainable sites. The course material will also review LEED v4 standards for existing buildings operations and maintenance within the sustainable sites category.  

Through thoughtful design and management, landscapes, rooftops and other design features, building spaces can be developed to create a positive and sustainable relationship between the built and natural environment. Integral to Verdani’s Sustainability Course Series, the Sustainable Sites course will train you on strategies to reduce water demand and energy consumption, filter and reduce storm water runoff, provide wildlife habitat, improve air quality and human health and increase outdoor recreation opportunities. 

This online sustainability course has been curated and designed to provide you with the most important elements for analyzing, implementing and managing a successful sustainable site strategy. 

Meet the Instructors

Founder and CEO of Verdani Partners: LEED Fellow, LEED AP O+M, CEM, MDes, Associate. AIA,

Daniele Horton

Daniele Horton has over 20 years of professional experience including architecture, corporate sustainability, real estate and project management. Daniele is President and Founder of Verdani Partners, a full-service sustainability and ESG management consulting firm with projects totaling 750 million SF across 4,000 properties in diversified portfolios. She is Sustainabilty Advisor to Verdani’s largest accounts, and with over 100 industry presentations over the course of her career, Daniele is a leading voice in global sustainable real estate particularly on the topics of climate mitigation and resiliency strategies. Daniele is also a MSRE professor at University of San Diego.

Director of Certifications, WELL AP, LEED AP, Fitwel Ambassador, ENV SP, GGP

Ruby Gonzalez-Jimenez

Ruby is a driven sustainability professional with 11 years of consulting experience including commissioning, energy audits, lighting retrofits, green building certifications, and project management. With a background in engineering and over 22.3 million gross square feet of certified projects, Ruby is the Director of Certifications at Verdani Partners. As an expert in green building certifications, Ruby leads LEED Green Associate Trainings, performs feasibility studies, GAP analysis, Real Estate Portfolio assessments for green building certifications and is responsible for business development for certifications. Ruby holds credentials in WELL AP, LEED AP O+M, Fitwel Ambassador, GGP, and Envision SP.

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