SITES projects are powerhouses in their communities for not only supporting healthy landscapes that provide essential ecosystem services, but also for promoting the mental and physical well-being of their users. Recent SITES-certified projects, the Colby College Athletic Complex in Maine and the Fort Missoula Regional Park in Montana, both achieved high scores in the "Site Design - Human Health and Well-being" category of the SITES v2 Rating System for demonstrating a strong commitment to social equity and resilience.
The Colby College Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center serves campus athletics programs as well as the greater city of Waterville community with indoor sports facilities and outdoor amenities. The native meadow habitat surrounding the athletics complex is the first SITES project to achieve Gold-level certification in New England. Notably, the facility also achieved LEED Platinum certification for its green building practices.
The largest SITES-certified park to date and the first SITES project to achieve certification in the state of Montana, Fort Missoula Regional Park is a 156-acre greenspace dedicated to providing a comprehensive outdoor fitness area for its visitors. The park features trails, pavilions, picnic areas, and sport courts where guests can enjoy nature while engaging in restorative physical and social activities.
Learn about the strategies that these two projects implemented to attain success in SITES’ Human Health and Well-being credit category to promote self-care through community care.
Fort Missoula Regional Park
> Garrick Swanson, MLA, PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Missoula Parks and Recreation
> Donna Gaukler, Director, Missoula Parks and Recreation
Colby College Athletic Complex
> Michael Pulaski Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, Vice President & Portland Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti.
> Mina Amundsen, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Planning, Colby College
Approved for 1 SITES AP CE hour