Certification

Certification is a detailed review of your project using the Greenroads Rating System.

Certification is a rigorous review of your project using the Greenroads Rating System that lasts for the entire duration of project development, through the end of construction.

What is a "Greenroads Project?"

For Certification purposes, note that Greenroads might use a different definition of "project" than you do on your project. The simplest type of Greenroads Project has consistent characteristics throughout the entire project area: all of the segments of the Greenroads Project are connected in some way or share a similar defining feature, such as a centerline or street name.

Some examples are:

  • Projects with a single, continuous centerline and clear start and end mileposts
  • Bridge projects (and approaches)
  • Projects that are completed as a single phase (usually a single contract, bid or RFP).

Large or phased projects or capital improvement programs are special cases. These projects are very complex and require a different approach to certification with Greenroads. Complex projects are treated with customized approaches by Greenroads, and certifying these projects involves an initial free consultation with our staff to better understand how we can best score your project in a cost-effective way.

  • Projects less than $10 million that are complex (multiple segments, such as a street preservation program) are eligible for bulk discounts at 5 or more projects and at 10 or more projects in one year.
  • Projects $10 - $100 million generally need the development of a Certification Plan and a kickoff training session with Greenroads.
  • Projects more than $100 million generally need the development of a Certification Plan, some periodic training throughout construction, and an on-call contract with Greenroads throughout the process.

What's Included in Certification?

  1. Preliminary Review (usually 60% design or later - first pass of design documents)
  2. Final Review (usually after substantial completion - second pass of design documents, first pass of construction documents)
  3. Closeout punchlist (after construction, second pass of all outstanding documents)
  4. Introductory presentation on Greenroads (website orientation)
  5. Feedback and support from Greenroads staff (some limitations apply)
  6. Project team training session(s) for projects above $100 million (session duration and frequency based on project size).
  7. Limited logo use throughout the certification process.
  8. Certification award if successful.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Automatic approval terms to participate in Certification are listed below. Any one of the 10 items below missing requires staff approval and review and waiver of any term before proceeding to Certification. Most projects that do not meet all 10 will be directed to a Pilot Project Assessment first.

  1. The Project/Program is in full legal and regulatory compliance from the start of project development, or upon Registration, whichever is soonest, and remain so for the duration of Certification.
  2. The Project/Program has at least one centerline and is located on contiguous real property.
  3. The Project/Program must be part of a transportation master plan(s) and/or comprehensive system plan(s) that has been approved by all local public agencies impacted by the project and the approval process includes a public engagement component.
  4. The Project/Program must have more than 50% funding approved for construction.
  5. The Project/Program must be present within an approved budget cycle upon commitment to Certification and reasonably be expected to receive full funding within 2 years.
  6. The Project/Program is more than 6 months prior to construction NTP (for projects <$15 million) or 1 year (for projects >$15 million).
  7. At least one representative that is a full time employee of the public owner agency is part of the process for the full duration of Certification.
  8. The Project/Program includes substantial transportation-related improvements and be more than 5,000 square feet in total disturbed area.
  9. A Project Team may not attempt to certify real property that is not owned by the Primary Owner without also including the other Owner Agencies on the Team.
  10. Projects must be located in a country that has successfully completed a Greenroads Pilot Program.

Certification Thresholds (Version 2)

Version 2 has 12 Project Requirements, 45 voluntary Core Credits (115 points) across 5 categories, and 4 voluntary Extra Credits (up to 15 points max) for a total of 130 points available. Projects must complete and document all 12 Project Requirements and document a minimum of 40 points to be eligible for a minimum Rating.

  • Bronze: 40 points + 12 PRs (about 30% of total points available)
  • Silver: 50 points + 12 PRs (about 38% of total points available)
  • Gold: 60 points + 12 PRs (about 46% of total points available)
  • Evergreen: 70 points + 12 PRs (about 62% of total points available)

Old Certification Thresholds (Version 1.5)

We stopped supporting and updating Version 1.5 on June 30, 2015 and it no longer being supported or available for newly registering projects.

Version 1.5 has 11 Project Requirements, 37 voluntary Core Credits (108 points) in 5 categories, and 9 voluntary Custom ("Extra") Credits (up to 10 points max) for a total of 118 points available. Projects must complete and document all 12 Project Requirements and document a minimum of 40 points to be eligible for a minimum Rating.

  • Bronze: 32 points + 11 PRs (about 30% of total points available)
  • Silver: 43 points + 11 PRs (about 40% of total points available)
  • Gold: 54 points + 11 PRs (about 50% of total points available)
  • Evergreen: 64 points + 11 PRs (about 60% of total points available)

Version Transition Documents

The documents below are provided as helpful tools for those of you familiar with the older version of Greenroads, but now are working with the updated Version 2.