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Caltrans' Presidio Parkway Phase I is First Certified Highway In States

Greenroads are now the gateway to San Francisco!

Presidio Parkway Phase I Press Release (325 kb)

Santa Ana Certifies First Project in Southern California

Greenroads Certifies First Highway in Canada

Tacoma Adopts First Greenroads Policy

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Greenroads Certified First Project in Texas

Ribbon cutting celebration set for 'Green' Alaska Street Roadway

TACOMA - August 22, 2012. 

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The roadwork included elements of the Complete Streets Guidelines, including sidewalks, curb ramps, bike lanes, street lights, landscaping, pervious concrete pavement and pedestrian islands. 

Cheney Stadium project kicks off a new era of water pollution prevention

TACOMA - May 16, 2012. Tacoma’s first porous asphalt road earns Greenroads® Silver Certification.

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This project features green stormwater infrastructure, porous asphalt, a 10-ft wide sidewalk and LED streetlights for pedestrian safety, widened roadway with shared bicycle lane, bicycle racks at Cheney Stadium north ticket entrance, and electric car charging stations in the north parking lot of Cheney Stadium.

Greenroads Foundation Certifies World's First Greenroad (29 February 2012)


SEATTLE - February 29, 2012 - The Greenroads Foundation announced that the the Meador Kansas Ellis Trail Project in Bellingham, Washington has become the first-ever project to achieve Greenroads certification.

The Meador Kansas Ellis Trail Project’s certification using the Greenroads Rating System means that the project was reviewed by the Greenroads Foundation, an independent third party, and was certified to meet Greenroads Silver certification standards, which represent a significantly higher level of sustainability than the typical road project of today. The project’s Silver Certification achievement is a reflection of the innovation and commitment to sustainability demonstrated by all involved. The Meador Kansas Ellis Trail project spans six blocks of downtown Bellingham and it represents the final link of the popular Whatcom Creek recreational trail.

This “world’s first Greenroad” represents a major milestone for both the City of Bellingham and the Greenroads Foundation. For the City of Bellingham it was an opportunity to put its commitment to sustainability into action on its streets. “Working with the Greenroads system has helped us to add key content to our specifications for more sustainable project delivery as well as getting our department to design more holistically,” said Freeman Anthony, Bellingham’s project manager.

The City of Bellingham incorporated many sustainable elements into the project’s design including:

  • Recycled porcelain aggregates made from over 400 crushed toilets that were diverted from the landfill
  • Asphalt with recycled content of 30 percent and recycled concrete aggregates
  • Porous pavements that naturally treat runoff and provide effective stormwater management
  • Low-energy LED street lighting
  • New amenities and improvements for pedestrians and bicycles using the Whatcom Creek Trail.

For the Greenroads Foundation, the certification represents the culmination of a five-year process to research, develop and implement a sustainability rating system for the roadway industry. The Greenroads Rating System began as a research project at the University of Washington in 2007 and since then has involved over 20,000 hours of work and more than 100 roadway project case studies.

“Sustainable roadways are not just a dream. This certification means that Greenroads’ five years of research and development has finally become a reality,” says Jeralee Anderson, Executive Director of Greenroads Foundation. “The Meador Kansas Ellis Trail project is a great example of the mission of the organization and further defines the practical steps that can be taken to green our roads — both nationally and internationally.”

An international standard, the Greenroads Rating System is a collection of sustainable roadway design and construction best practices that address water, environment, access, community impact, construction practices and materials. There are 11 "Project Requirements” that must be completed in order for a roadway to be considered a Greenroad, as well as 37 "Voluntary Credits" that a project team can choose to pursue. After a rigorous review process, the Greenroads Foundation then assigns a project score based on the number of points earned by meeting the requirements and achieving credits. This score translates to one of four certification levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Evergreen.

“The Greenroads Rating System can be used to help manage, improve and communicate sustainability,” said Steve Muench, a founder and board member of the Greenroads Foundation. “It represents an independent verification of sustainable features that truly matter and make a difference.”

Globally, 12 projects are currently pursuing Greenroads certification, ranging from new construction to reconstruction to overlay and bridge projects. Registration for project certification became available in 2011.

The contractor on the $850,000 Meador Kansas Ellis Trail Project was Larry Brown Construction. Engineering and construction oversight was provided by the City of Bellingham. The project certification award was presented to the City Council of Bellingham on February 27, 2012 by Jeralee Anderson, Executive Director of the Greenroads Foundation.

More information about the project can be found at the City’s project website:


Established in 2010, Greenroads Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which advances sustainability education and initiatives for transportation infrastructure. As the developer of the Greenroads Rating System, the Foundation manages the certification process for sustainable roadway and bridge construction projects in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit and join us on Facebook at

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Jeralee Anderson

Freeman Anthony, P.E.
Project Engineer, City of Bellingham Public Works


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