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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How green is your community?

Score sheet

On a scale of 1 to 6 - with 6 being best, our community............

1. Encourages development within or near the existing built-up area or close to public transportation?

2. Encourages development that is served by existing rather than new water and waster water facilities?

3. Encourages development in areas having no or limited endangered or other ecological impacts?

4. Encourages development that conserves water quality, natural hydrology, habitat - water bodies and wetlands?

5. Encourages development that seeks to preserve irreplaceable prime agriculture and unique farmhand?

6. Encourages development that seeks to preserve open space - forested and other habitat conservation lands?

7. Encourages redevelopment opportunities even if the site is complicated by environmental contamination?

8. Encourages development that seeks to reduce automobile vehicle use in favor of alternative transportation - walking, biking and mass transit?

9. Encourages housing development in close proximity to employment opportunities to reduce the number and length of vehicle journey-to-work trips?

10. Encouragers location of schools to facilitate physical activity - walking to and from school?

11. Discourages development of steep slope topography to minimize storm water erosion by preserving steep slope vegetation?

12. Encourages use of conservation design principles in new development that seeks to preserve open space to protect native habitat, wetlands and water features?

13. Encourages inter connection of existing and new development to promote sidewalk, pathway and street connectedness?

14. Encourages higher density development to promote mass transportation efficiency and greater walkability?

15. Encourages development that intersperses owner and renter occupied housing available to a wide range of household incomes?

16. Encourages development that orientates parking away for street frontages to increase pedestrian use of street frontages?

17. Encourages use of mass transit?

18. Has a plan for direct and safe pedestrian partway connections to local destinations, neighborhood centers and other regional communities?

19. Has to provide a variety of open spaces and recreational facilities close to resident work and home locations?

20. Encourages community participation in project planning by individuals most likely to be directly impacted by the project?

21. Encourages community -based local food production promoting direct access to fresh foods while reducing long-distance food transport?

22. Has requirements that limit construction activity pollution such as soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation?

23. Encourages energy efficiency and use of green building products for new construction?

24. Encourages low-impact landscaping techniques and rain gardens to reduce landscaping irrigations supporting water conservation and ground water recharge?

25. Encourages adaptive reuse of historic and other buildings including reuse of scavenged building materials when possible?

26. Encourages building designs that reduce heat islands that can effect the micro climate surrounding the building?

27. Discourages light pollution by limiting light-trespass and amount of light produced by luminaries?

28. Maintains a comprehensive plan describing the goals for future development of our community?

29. Provides a mechanism to educate the residents of the community of the goals to green the community?

30. Encourages community participation in events promoting the greening of the community?



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Send us your Results to Chuck Eckenstahler at


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Printable Score Sheet


Monday, June 1, 2009

How Green is Your Community?

How Green is Your City?

Power Points (the one by Eckenstahler explains the Green Questionnaire)

Municipal Survey Form 

Results from the First Survey conducted at the International Clerks Conference in May 2009

You can use this material to self evaluate "How Green is Your City?"