To receive certification as a “Participating Neighborhood” through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, a neighborhood must earn a minimum of 60 credits. To receive certification as an “Outstanding Neighborhood,” a neighborhood must earn a minimum of 100 credits.
For complete certification details, please view the Neighborhood Certification Brochure
Credit Eligible Activities
Neighborhood Workshops: Educational events that provide information and resources that help residents turn awareness into action.
Special Events: Neighborhood-wide activities that enhance community sustainability through resident action (e.g., food drives, recycling days and neighborhood cleanups).
Neighborhood Resource: A neighborhood information source that residents can use to make sustainable decisions (e.g., an alternative transportation map or a local sustainable business or product directory).
Neighborhood Inventory: Neighborhood data related to sustainability that can be used to establish and track goals (e.g., the neighborhood energy footprint or ridership on public transportation).
Implementation: Direct action taken by an individual or household that advances sustainability (e.g., installing energy-efficient light bulbs or xeriscaping a portion of the yard).