The GreenStep 29 best practices
Buildings and Lighting1. Efficient Existing Public Buildings: Benchmark energy usage, identify savings opportunities in consultation with state programs, 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 buildings/building sites.
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 and quality of street lighting, traffic signals and outdoor public lighting.
5. Building Redevelopment: Create economic and regulatory incentives for redeveloping and repurposing existing buildings before building new.
Land Use6. Comprehensive Plans: Build public support and legal validity to long-term infrastructural and regulatory strategy.
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- and Auto-Oriented Development: Adopt commercial development and design standards for auto-oriented development corridors and clusters.
10. Design for Natural Resource Conservation: Adopt development ordinances or processes that protect natural systems and valued community assets.
Transportation11. Living Streets: Create a network of green complete streets that improves city quality of life and adds value to surrounding properties.
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 in service of a more walkable city.
Environmental Management15. Sustainable 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. Stormwater Management: Minimize the volume of and pollutants in stormwater 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 Systems: Assess and improve city drinking water and wastewater systems and related 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.
29. Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience: Plan and prepare for extreme weather, adapt to changing climatic conditions, and foster stronger community connectedness and social and economic vitality.