Pilot Projects

For agencies and all international projects that want to test out Greenroads.

Pilot Projects intend to serve as a learning experience for both the owner-agency and the Project Team. Pilot Project assessments are less formal than Certification, but follow the same general rubric and process. If you are not familiar with sustainability or just appreciate being able to test out something new before you implement it, this is probably a good place to start with Greenroads.

Pilot Projects have the added benefit of limited use of the Greenroads Pilot Project logo, which can be a good way to encourage engagement with stakeholders (especially on large projects!) Pilot Projects are also featured on our website and are shared as learning tools for other project teams.


  • Pilot Projects are open to all. However, note that Certification is less expensive than a Pilot Assessment for projects under $15 million USD. If your project is still in the design stages, we will point you in the direction of Certification except in unusual circumstances.
  • The most common reasons we would recommend a Pilot Project over Certification is if the project is already in construction or it is located outside the USA.
  • Pilot Projects are required for projects located in any country other than USA, Canada, and New Zealand. A minimum of three Pilot Projects is required in any international location prior to certification of any projects, but this is at the sole discretion of the Foundation and more may be required. 
  • Certain Pilot Projects may be eligible for Certification as a result of a Pilot Assessment.

Pilot Project

In this option, we review the following standard project documents for general compliance with the current version of the Greenroads Rating System:

  • Standard plans and specifications 
  • Special provisions for the project (if any) 
  • Schedule of costs (bid tab) 
  • Environmental Review document
  • Project website (if any)
  • Design reports for major structural features (pavements, bridges, tunnels) 
  • Hydraulic or drainage reports 
  • Mix design documents 
  • Geotechnical reports

Based on these resources, we can provide a credit-by-credit assessment of the project and a score for the project as a whole in a short technical report. Typically, the Pilot Project is most appropriate for projects that are already built or are nearly built and serves as a "lessons learned" roadmap for future projects. Note that projects that are already built or started construction prior to 2011 are not likely to be eligible for Certification unless an old version of Greenroads was used in design, and in this case, successfully certifying is often a real challenge for the Project Team.

Pilot Assessments are not recommended for projects early in planning due to lack of available documents. The A-Lined Assessment is likely to be a more appropriate and lower-priced alternative.

Fees, Discounts & Expenses

  • Detailed Pilot Projects: $7,500 + $495 Registration Fee 

Payment terms are 50% up front and 50% upon receipt of final report for all Pilot Projects. 

We offer these discounts which are applied on invoicing:

  • 10% discount for member organizations.
  • Talk to us about bulk discounts and mixing and matching project assessments to meet your needs.

Travel expenses are not included. We may add a surcharge for travel and communication of up to 10% for international projects. In cases, where we do not have native speakers available, additional fees may be required to serve you better. (We have someone to help you in the following languages: Mandarin, Thai, and Spanish and are working on others.)

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