One thing you simply cannot design a public site without is land. Whether you are designing a park, plaza, corporate campus or commercial space, without the right landscape, the designer would have nothing to work with.
This is especially true with parks. To ensure that land is protected and managed well, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) has created tools for those who influence land development and management practices. SITES recognizes that 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."
SITES is a partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the United States Botanic Garden, and over 70 other dedicated contributors. These groups aim to transform land development and management practices through the nation’s first voluntary guidelines and rating system for sustainable landscapes. These landscapes can be with or without buildings; the project's only aim is to ensure the sustainability of the space. According to the program, sustainable landscapes are those that "reduce water demand, filter and reduce stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, improve human health and increase outdoor recreation opportunities."
If you are designing a space, consider following the guidelines set by SITES to make it a sustainable landscape. You can take some inspiration from the number of certified sites and incorporate site furnishings from Anova. You will immediately feel the benefits of a healthy, vibrant landscape.