Benefits for the Homeowner
- Make shorelines accessible, eliminating drop-offs and walls and creating opportunities for strolling, kayaking, foraging, and simple beach fun.
- Beautify shorelines, adding native vegetation, wildlife habitat, and access to waterfront activities.
- Make shorelines more secure against erosion and flooding, with alternatives to costly bulkheads that still address owners’ concerns.
- Provide a wide range of financial benefits, including technical assistance, reduced permit fees, and tax incentives, on the model of the popular LEED for Homes, BuiltGreen, and Sustainable Sites programs.
Benefits for the Environment
- Preserve and restore physical processes, the natural actions of water and sediment that maintain healthy shorelines. “Immobilizing” bulkheads and rock embankments can disrupt these natural actions.
- Preserve and enhance shoreline habitats for both plant and animal communities and for biodiversity.
- Prevent or reduce pollution of the aquatic environment.
- Reduce cumulative impacts, the small individual effects that add up to large impacts on shoreline environments.
How to work with the Green Shores for Homes Team
Your first step is to enroll in the GSH program and you will be contacted by someone from our team to work with you on your project.
For step by step details of how the GSH program works, please see our Process page.
Be sure to contact your local jurisdiction about appropriate permits. You may also be eligible for local government incentives.
Please note that GSH does not design projects and will not be involved in any way or affect the jurisdiction permit review process.