Guest post by Jeralee Anderson, Executive Director, Greenroads Foundation.

As part of their growing membership and education programs, Greenroads Foundation developed a professional credential to complement its Project Rating Program and to advance sustainability education for the transportation industry. The Greenroads Team launched its first examination, called the STP Alpha Exam, for transportation professionals in mid-September. They recently announced the list of the first 25 Sustainable Transportation Professionals (STP) who have completed the exam successfully. You can see a list of them here. The first group of STPs represents 8 states and 5 countries!


The Greenroads STP is currently analogous to LEED’s entry level professional credential, the LEED Green Associate. In light of the previous post about the USGBC’s LEED Rating System and its Accredited Professional program, it is worth mentioning that while the Greenroads’ STP is structured similarly, there are several important differences.


  • Like LEED, Greenroads STPs can earn points on Greenroads Projects through a Custom Credit and it is voluntary to do so. The STP Credential is not required to participate on a Greenroads Project or submit documents to Greenroads on behalf of the Project. The STP does need to be actively engaged in a Project’s Certification, but also does not need to represent a specific organization, owner, or contractor in order to earn a point.
  • A team of STPs can earn points for Projects, as a way to encourage integrated teams of design and construction professionals. This is a direct response to several public comments Greenroads developers received referencing the issue of “sustainable project management” for transportation projects.
  • There are currently no minimum education requirements to get an STP, so there is also no initial application process to become an STP Candidate. The intended audience for the exam is anyone who works with transportation projects, with an emphasis on roadways.
  • A STP is an individual has demonstrated his or her knowledge of basic principles of sustainable transportation design and construction practices, as well as a general knowledge of the Greenroads Rating System and how the Project Rating Program works. However, detailed knowledge of credits and requirements in Greenroads is not needed to pass the exam.
  • The STP Exam is an educational benefit of active membership in the Greenroads organization. The Exam is free to individual members, and anyone who is involved in or interested in sustainable transportation is encouraged to join as a member.


In the future, Greenroads also plans to build out the STP program with higher levels of specialization in the Rating System over time. The next level exam is planned for launch in early- to mid- 2013.


How to Learn More and Get Involved


By the way, APWA is an important educational partner and member organization of Greenroads. Julia Anastasio currently serves on Greenroads Foundation’s Board of Directors with other representatives of the transportation industry.


Everyday when I open my inbox I find a new report or set of best practices relating to sustainability.  Here's one that from AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials')  Center  Environmental Excellence that documents how state transportation departments, municipal planning organizations, and transit providers are putting into practice proven techniques that are speeding up project delivery and cutting costs while protecting and even improving environmental resources.

Leaner and Greener: Sustainability at Work in Transportation issued by AASHTO, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, showcases some of the many ways transportation agencies are simultaneously cutting costs, helping the environment, and strengthening communities.


The Greenroads Foundation has been busy over the past few months adding new features and tutorials to its website, certifying projects, credentialing STPs and winning awards.


Greenroads Wins White House Champions of Change Award


Greenroads Champions of Change


Greenroads is excited to announce that it has been chosen as a White House Champion of Change for Transportation Technology Solutions in recognition for its unique rating system designed to certify sustainable roadway and transportation projects. Champions of Change highlights the stories of people and organizations across the country who are “Building an America to Last” with projects that benefit their communities. APWA member Freeman Anthony, Bellingham, WA, joined Greenroads Executive Director, Jeralee Anderson, at the White House event.  To learn more about the Champions of Change initiative please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions


New Website Tutorials

Greenroads has put together 3 short videos that should help you get familiar with how our Project Rating Program works on the Greenroads Website. Check them out at http://blog.greenroads.org/2013/05/weve-got-some-cool-website-updates-to.html

• How to Login to Use the Greenroads Website
• How to Upload Standard Project Documents (for Certifications and all Assessments)
• How to Use the Project Scorecard for Certification
STP Exam Prep Webinars (Tuesdays). 

STP Exam Prep Webinars

Greenroads has scheduled 4 new STP Exam Prep Webinars.  Webinars are $60 members or $75 non members. Use this link to register https://www.greenroads.org/2342/stp-exam-prep-webinars.html

• May 21, 11:30-1pm PST
• June 4, 9-10:30am PST
• June 11, 3-4:30pm PST
• June 18, 11:30-1pm PST

Google Hangout

Google Hangout with Staff (Fridays). Hangouts are FREE, no registration required)

• May 17, 11:30-1pm PST
• June 21, 11:30-1pm PST


Livability Word Cloud


The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) launched an online livability portal to help regional planners, city managers, public works departments, and elected officials implement their community livability vision.  The new online resource is the result of a two year partnership with the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), along with the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and APWA. 

Livability is the combined environmental, social and economic quality of a community or region. Livability is offering opportunities for communities of all sizes and make-ups to become better places to live, work and raise families. It is about fostering governmental partnerships that provide communities choices for comprehensive planning, investments and development that are cost effective and efficient, reduce congestion, generate good-paying jobs, meet environmental and energy goals, provide affordable housing, protect rural areas and green space, revitalize Main Streets and urban centers, and promote safety. Livability’s definitions, goals, strategies and outcomes are flexible and locally derived through community stakeholder and citizen input, providing the ability for any given community to grow and change based on local characteristics, history, needs and wants. Actions and progress are usually defined by community indicators, local government activities and community involvement and improvement.

The resources and tools included in the online portal will help APWA members build stronger and more livable communities.  The online portal includes a guidebook, Creating Livable Communities: An Implementation Guidebook, case studies from across the country, tools and talking points for promoting community livability and links to partner resources.  Check out the resources and tools on the Online Livability Portal today!