So many of us want to live in vibrant communities where we can easily walk, take public transportation and live in an affordable place. Cities and small towns alike are trying to create great places that attract businesses, reduce traffic and climate pollution, and protect open space.
Yet outdated city codes often stand in the way. Developers are forced to build large, expensive parking lots – even when they are near transit and in downtowns. This drives up the price of homes and reduce the number of homes that can be built. There is growing community outcry over anticipated traffic. Every time we spend millions of dollars on parking, we have little funding – or space – for the things that make our communities great.
GreenTRIP is Changing the Paradigm for New Development
TransForm launched the innovative GreenTRIP certification program in 2008 to make our communities healthier and more affordable places to live, work, and get around. GreenTRIP staff work with cities, developers, and your community to design projects that include strategies like free transit passes and carsharing, to reduce driving and prioritize space for people instead of parking.
GreenTRIP strategies save residents money, increase transit ridership, reduce local traffic, pollution and carbon emissions, and make streets safer for everyone. Homes can be produced for a broader mix of incomes, including more dedicated affordable homes. GreenTRIP started in the Bay Area, but is now developing partnerships, conducting empirical research, and building tools that can support affordable and vibrant communities throughout California.
Read on to learn how.
GreenTRIP staff work with developers, cities and community advocates to shape great developments, then builds community support with a certification that clearly outlines the project’s benefits. GreenTRIP has certified more than 18 projects, and this number is quickly growing with the launch of the new Platinum Certification.
AHSC Fee-for-Service GHG Evaluations
The GreenTRIP team is offering greenhouse gas evaluations for multi-family housing projects applying for the Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) guidelines. Using CalEEMod, we can help developers leverage cap-and-trade funding and identify opportunities for further GHG reductions.
With CNT we are now developing GreenTRIP Connect, an online tool that will unleash the power of GreenTRIP at a greater scale. It will allow anyone - developers, community members and city staff - to see the benefits of locating in walkable areas near transit, and how applying GreenTRIP strategies and more affordable homes can maximize the transportation, health, and economic benefits.
Thanks to the Knight Foundation, we met our fundraising challenge, but there’s still time to join the visionary council of founding Connect Tool sponsors!
GreenTRIP Research and Parking Database
GreenTRIP is conducting statewide research that quantifies the benefits of traffic reduction strategies and building affordable homes. Our free Parking Database provides empirical data to help communities understand the costs of excessive parking and make smarter decisions about parking requirements for new residential development.
GreenTRIP Benefits and Stories
Read how GreenTRIP directly benefits families, cities and transit agencies, while transforming cities into healthier and more affordable places.
GreenTRIP’s team and expert advisory committee represent diverse, influential change makers. Get to know our team, read our resources and reports, check out upcoming events, and sign up to stay involved.