The GreenStep 28 best practices
Buildings and Lighting1. Efficient Existing Public Buildings: Benchmark energy usage, identify savings opportunities, and work with utilities and others to implement cost-effective energy and sustainability improvements.
2. Efficient Existing Private Buildings: Provide incentives for energy, water and sustainability improvements in existing structures.
3. New Green Buildings: Construct new buildings to meet or qualify under a green building framework.
4. Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals: Improve the efficiency of street lights, traffic signals and outdoor public lighting.
5. Building Reuse: Create economic and regulatory incentives for redeveloping and repurposing existing buildings before building new.
Land Use6. Comprehensive Plan and Implementation: Adopt a Comprehensive Plan and tie regulatory ordinances to it.
7. Efficient City Growth: Promote financial and environmental sustainability by enabling and encouraging walkable housing and commercial land use.
8. Mixed Uses: Develop efficient and healthy land patterns that generate community wealth.
9. Efficient Highway-Oriented Development: Adopt commercial development and design standards for highway road corridors.
10. Conservation Design: Adopt development ordinances or processes that protect natural systems.
Transportation11. Complete Green Streets: Create a network of multimodal green streets.
12. Mobility Options: Promote active transportation and alternatives to single-occupancy car travel.
13. Efficient City Fleets: Implement a city fleet investment, operations and maintenance plan.
14. Demand-Side Travel Planning: Implement Travel Demand Management and Transit-Oriented Design.
Environmental Management15. Purchasing: Adopt environmentally preferable purchasing policies and practices.
16. Urban Forests: Add city tree and plant cover that increases community health, wealth and quality of life.
17. Efficient Stormwater Management: Minimize the volume of and pollutants in rainwater runoff.
18. Parks and Trails: Support active lifestyles and property values by enhancing the city's green infrastructure.
19. Surface Water Quality: Improve local water bodies.
20. Efficient Water and Wastewater Facilities: Assess and improve city drinking water and wastewater facilities.
21. Septic Systems: Implement an effective management program for decentralized wastewater treatment systems.
22. Solid Waste Reduction: Increase waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
23. Local Air Quality: Prevent generation of local air contaminants.
Economic and Community Development24. Benchmarks & Community Engagement: Adopt outcome measures for GreenStep and other city sustainability efforts, and engage community members in ongoing education, dialogue, and campaigns.
25. Green Business Development: Support expansion of the city's green business sector.
26. Renewable Energy: Remove barriers to and encourage installation of renewable energy generation capacity.
27. Local Food: Strengthen local food and fiber production and access.
28. Business Synergies: Network/cluster businesses to achieve better energy, economic and environmental outcomes.