The Green Shores for Homes team is currently developing a GSH Accreditation Program. Working with a Certified GSH Professional will improve the process for addressing your shoreline issues.
We will soon offer a list of GSH Professionals.
About working with professionals:
Trained, experienced consultants and contractors can help you with design, permitting, building, operating and maintaining a cost effective, durable, attractive and environmentally friendly project. Depending on the specifics of your project and site, you may need a coastal/shoreline engineer or geologist, biologist, geotechnical expert, landscape architect, site designer, machine operator or permit specialist. Some companies do all of these things while others specialize in one or two professions.
Steps to working with professionals:
- Identify your priorities – Erosion protection or landscape design? Access or drainage improvement?
- Research possible candidates on the internet and by talking to friends and neighbors who have undertaken similar works.
- When talking to possible candidates, stress your interest in green shorelines and “soft engineering” approaches, and ask to see photos or visit project sites. Enquire specifically about the practices that each contractor uses to minimize pollutants, erosion and impacts on the shore, and their familiarity with the GSH rating system.
- Once you have narrowed down to three or four candidates, invite them to your property for specific recommendations and estimates. In talking with these professionals, make sure that you are confident in their abilities and approach and that you will be able to have a collaborative relationship.