Green Shores for Homes is…
- a voluntary, incentive-based program that helps waterfront homeowners restore natural shorelines and enjoy the many recreational, scenic, environmental, and shoreline-protection benefits they bring.
- a tool for waterfront homeowners, contractors and jurisdictions to develop their properties in a shore friendly way. It is built on a format similar to green building rating programs such as Built Green™ and LEED™.
The stories, resources and examples presented here can inspire you to make choices that will be beneficial to everyone in the long term. See our examples.
How the program works
A shoreline project is assessed against a series of credits for which a homeowner or builder can achieve points. There are 27 credits for which points may be achieved:
- Shoreline physical processes: actions aimed at protecting or restoring natural physical processes that are vital to the health of shoreline environments.
- Shoreline habitat: actions to protect, restore and enhance aquatic and riparian habitats.
- Water quality: actions to reduce or eliminate the amount of chemical, organic and sediment pollutants discharged to lakes and marine waters in rainwater runoff.
- Shoreline stewardship: actions that reflect general best management practices and that help to support public values of shorelines.
See the Checklist section of this website for additional information.
Third party verification
Participation in the Green Shores for Homes ensures a neutral third party reviews a project checklist to evaluate how many credits apply.
The verifier is a member of the Green Shores for Homes team and acts as a resource for the homeowner.
Credit Points and Recognition Levels
There are two award levels that a shoreline project may achieve:
|GSH 1 – Chinook: the project results in recognizable improvement/conservation of the natural features and processes of the shoreline.||20-39 points of which a minimum of 10 points (collectively) are acquired from Shoreline Processes and Shoreline Habitats credit categories.|
|GSH 2 – Orca: the project exhibits exceptional design regarding improvement/conservation of the natural features and processes of the shoreline.||Minimum 40 points of which a minimum of 20 points (collectively) are acquired from Shoreline Process and Shoreline Habitat credit categories.|