Benefits of Green Neighborhood Certification
When you are building homes in a new residential development, you have spent a considerable amount of effort figuring out what a new home buyer wants inside of the house. You are an expert on the amenities that make each room in a home attractive, functional, and a selling point for prospective buyers. Unfortunately, so is every other homebuilder. Setting your development apart requires looking beyond the home to identify new strategies to market the added value your neighborhood will bring to the home buyer. To achieve this, one avenue is a strategic tree plan, and becoming Green Neighborhood certified.
The Green Neighborhood Certification was created by the Sacramento Tree Foundation to give your team guidance in developing a highly beneficial, safe and cost-effective neighborhood tree canopy. What this means to a prospective home owner is the entire neighborhood was intentionally designed and built to benefit their quality of life, as well as contributing to their health and well-being. Home owners can be shown how your neighborhood was designed to financially benefit them as their trees grow and mature, with increasing property values and lower summer energy costs. It will also distinguish your neighborhood as one that is prepared for climate change and will continue to thrive despite changing conditions. Your neighborhood will be setting the new “normal” for what a home owner should expect in residential developments.
Green Neighborhood Certification is…
- A voluntary certification program that recognizes your commitment to a healthy neighborhood
- A tool to show homeowners your commitment to a healthy neighborhood
- The demonstration of a commitment to a healthy environment
- A voluntary program for developers, homeowners’ associations, residents, etc.
- A plan for the thoughtful and intentional inclusion of trees in the design process
- A guideline to optimize the beneficial services trees provide
It is not…
- A requirement of a state or local jurisdiction ordinance or permit
- An impediment in how you design a new neighborhood
- A tool to stop or restrict development
Brought to you by the Sacramento Tree Foundation
The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a community benefit organization whose mission is to grow thriving communities through stewardship of our urban forest. Since 1982, we have been building partnerships and empowering communities to envision the best places to live and invest in their urban forest. We do this by educating, advocating and lending support for tree plantings.
We envision an urban forest canopy that benefits our entire region and every neighborhood, especially those that historically have been under-served and under-canopied. We invest in our urban forest because we fully appreciate the value it brings: public health and wellness, ecological integrity, meaningful connections, and a renewed sense of place. We celebrate a person that plants a tree, a neighborhood that cares for a forest, and a region that ensures a thriving canopy—now and for future generations.