Greenroads is a sustainability rating system for roadway design and construction. It is applicable to all roadway projects including new, reconstruction and rehabilitation (even overlays), bridges, you name it. If there is a project where a road is involved, you can use it.
Greenroads is a collection of sustainability best practices, called "credits," that relate to roadway design and construction. Achieving these credits can earn points toward a total score for the project, and in general, this Greenroads™ score can be used as an indicator of sustainability for the roadway. Four different certification levels (rating) are available depending upon total score on a voluntary basis.
In 4 years of development, Greenroads has been tested on over 120 design and construction projects, of various types, shapes, sizes and stages of design and construction. Certification is now available through the Greenroads Foundation (a non-profit organization) for a nominal fee.
A few key things that Greenroads provides:
The Greenroads rating system is a collection of sustainable roadway design and construction best practices. Each sustainable practice is assigned a point value according to its impact on roadway sustainability. There are 11 "Project Requirements" that must be done in order for a roadway to be considered a Greenroad. These activities carry no point value and are required for all projects pursuing official recognition for a Greenroads Rating.
There are also a number of "Voluntary Credits" that a project team can choose to pursue or not. The points associated with the Voluntary Credits that are achieved are added together to give a final Greenroads score. That score can then be used directly for sustainability tracking, internal information, publicity, etc.
Greenroads projects may choose to pursue several levels of "certification" based on the points associated with the Voluntary Credit achieved. The more points, the higher the certification level. Currently, there are 4 certification levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Evergreen.
So why would you or anyone want to use Greenroads? We think there are a number of ways Greenroads can be useful. Here is a brief list: