This first came out a year ago, they have taken suggestions and comments and this is the new 2008 version. The subject matter included in here is truely stunning, for all you landscapers out there that do large bids you will love the content, almost all of the verbiage can be used in bids. Finally your tax dollars going to something that actually gives back The Initiative envisions that sustainable land practices will enable natural and built systems to work together to protect and enhance the ability of landscapes to provide services such as climate regulation, clean air and water, and improved quality of life. Issues addressed include: materials management, soils, hydrology, vegetation, human health, and ecosystems services. This important milestone builds on the initial Standards and Guidelines: Preliminary Report released in November of last year. The new draft contains over 50 proposed prerequisites and credits ranging from site selection to sustainable maintenance practices. The metrics format will be similar to existing LEED tools in structure and will include the following components: Credit intent Ecosystem services addressed Social and economic benefits Requirements Submittal documentation Technologies and strategies Resources The Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks Draft 2008 will be available for download and public comment beginning on November 10, 2008 at www.sustainablesites.org/report. The public comment period will close January 20, 2009. Public review and comment is essential to the successful development of these guidelines and performance-based benchmarks.