Greening our Garden


Showing its commitment to green living is genuine, Cleveland Botanical Garden is on track to become one of the first outdoor facilities in the country to earn certification from the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).

SITES recognizes those organizations with considerable outdoor landscapes that demonstrate the best in sustainable land-management practices. The certification is widely considered the “green standard” for landscapes and often is compared to LEED certification for buildings.

To become SITES certified, the Garden demonstrated that it satisfies or exceeds a wide variety of sustainable standards in its daily operations, from conserving water and composting food waste to maintaining a “living roof” and low-mow lawn.
The Garden was selected to be one of just 150 locations to participate in the pilot of the SITES initiative. By meeting the SITES standards, the Garden now serves as a model for other organizations that may want to incorporate green practices into their operations.

Also, the Garden remains committed to exploring new and innovate ways to enhance the sustainability of its daily operations.

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