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Introducing GreenTRIP: Building Certification for Truly Transit-Oriented, Green Development

The LISC Green Development Center, in partnership with TransForm, will hold a free webinar Sept. 28 at 2pm EDT that explores the new GreenTRIP certification program. Register here.

Transportation is increasingly being recognized as a key component of building communities that are socially equitable and environmentally sustainable.  Green building certification systems - such as LEED and the Living Building Challenge- are going beyond building performance and increasingly placing more weight on location as a green strategy. Taking this concept a step further, an innovative new certification program "GreenTRIP" was recently launched by Bay Area based group, TransForm, to encourage development of communities that not only consume fewer resources and provide healthier living environments but also reduce traffic and offer residents a new form of affordable, sustainable living. 

Currently in its pilot phase, GreenTRIP has successfully certified five projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.  By rewarding multi-family, mixed-use, in-fill projects that apply comprehensive strategies to reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions, these projects have resulted in:

  • Easier approvals for 1,970 cutting-edge TOD homes
  • Less driving and CO2, more transit
  • Lower car ownership
  • Deeper affordability for families

GreenTRIP shows that new development can occur with less parking and more walkability, without limiting residents' mobility or increasing traffic and air pollution. Speakers will feature two new GreenTRIP certified projects (South Hayward Affordable Family and Senior Housing in Hayward and The Ohlone in San Jose) and explain both how and why GreenTRIP was developed as a transportation tool to promote greater housing affordability in transit rich neighborhoods.

Presenters:

  • Ann Cheng, GreenTRIP Program Director, TransForm
  • Hans Larsen, Director of the San Jose Department of Transportation
  • Andrea Osgood, Project Developer, Eden Housing
  • Julia Prange, Assistant Program Officer, LISC Green Development Center (moderator)

For more information on GreenTRIP and TransForm, visit: www.GreenTRIP.org.