Lisa Sanzenbacher Among First to Earn SITES Professional Credential from Green Business Certification Inc.

native plants in the Little Prairie on the Campus

To have Lisa earn her SITES AP shows the commitment to sustainable landscape design and development as outlined in the UIC Climate Commitments of becoming a Carbon Neutral Campus, Zero Waste Campus, Net Zero Water Campus, and a Biodiverse Campus by 2050.

Cindy Klein-Banai  |  Associate Chancellor for Sustainability

Chicago, November 7, 2019 – Lisa Sanzenbacher, Assistant Director of Sustainability from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has earned the SITES Professional (SITES AP) credential through Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI), placing her among an elite group of leading professionals who are dedicated to elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.

The SITES AP establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development. It provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession. SITES APs possess the knowledge and skills necessary to support the SITES certification process, including participating in the design and development process, support and encouraging integrated design, managing the application and certification process and providing advocacy and education for the adoption of SITES.

UIC’s sustainable grounds plans such as the Tree Care Plan, Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan, and the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Implementation Plan list specific ways projects can achieve the goals of the UIC Climate Commitments as detailed in the UIC Climate Action Implementation Plan (CAIP).

The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.

UIC has a goal to obtain SITES certification (silver level) for the 100,000 square foot Arthington Mall Renovation project that is scheduled to begin construction Spring 2020. Within the SITES framework, Lisa can inform decision makers how to marry the SITES requirements with the goals of the UIC Climate Commitments, while executing the sustainable grounds plans of the CAIP.

Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The four overarching goals of the SITES rating system are to create regenerative systems and foster resiliency; ensure future source supply and mitigate climate change; transform the market through design, development and maintenance practices; and enhance human wellbeing and strengthen the community.

By supporting the SITES certification system, SITES APs help create landscapes and places that provide important ecosystem services, conserve resources, create regenerative systems and foster resiliency, mitigate climate change and enhance human wellbeing while strengthening the community.

This professional accreditation was made possible through an award from the UIC Academic Professional Advisory Committee (APAC) Professional Development Program. (

To learn more about UIC’s commitment to sustainable landscape design, development and management, visit More information on the SITES AP is available at


About Green Business Certification Inc.

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. Through rigorous certification and credentialing standards, GBCI drives adoption of green business practices, which fosters global competitiveness and enhances environmental performance and human health benefits.

The SITES® AP credential is a trademark owned by GBCI® and is awarded to individuals under license by GBCI. It can only be used by professionals who have earned the SITES AP designation.