Infrastructure resilience through PEER and SITES

Angela DeRose, Georgia Kerkezis, and Paige McKnight

GBCI’s certification programs address resilience in all aspects of the built environment – in our buildings, communities, and infrastructure including our landscapes and power systems.

GBCI’s new Profiles of Resilience series showcases a broad spectrum of resilience strategies employed by projects certified under our SITES and PEER programs, including measures such as stormwater management, habitat restoration, smart technology, community building, and climate risk management.


The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) fosters resilience by ensuring land development projects work with nature and enhance ecosystem services via flood control, protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, enhancement of native habitat, employing green infrastructure strategies and more. Healthy natural ecosystems provide proven resilience benefits, increasing a community’s ability to withstand disturbances, including flooding, storm surge, heat waves, wildfire and drought. SITES mitigates the effects of natural disasters for buildings, campuses and entire communities, enabling them to recover quickly when and after disaster strikes. 

Read the SITES Profiles of Resilience which details the benefits of enhancing landscape resilience and highlights 10 SITES projects that are equipped to withstand future unforeseen events and protect ecosystem and human health and wellbeing.

Take the SITES Profiles of Resilience Course on USGBC’s Education Platform to earn 1 CE.

Learn more about SITES


PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, delivers sustainable, resilient, and reliable power systems that adapt to the realities of a changing climate. As seen with recent extreme weather events, power outages can result in devastating outcomes, threatening business continuity as well as public health and safety. PEER outlines a comprehensive approach for resilient electricity infrastructure that includes risk and threat identification, prevention, mitigation, and recovery.

Read the PEER Profiles of Resilience which explains how the PEER rating system elevates the resilience of power systems globally, and highlights examples of demonstrated climate risk management across 5 PEER projects.

Take the PEER Profiles of Resilience Course on USGBC’s Education Platform to earn 0.5 CEs.

Learn more about PEER

The success of these projects demonstrates that any community can achieve resilience goals with GBCI. Resilient infrastructure through SITES and PEER reduces risks and cuts costs associated with the worsening impacts of climate-related disasters, thereby improving the standard of living for all.

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