Green Streets

Conventional street design dominates large expanses of our urban landscapes, providing corridors for vehicle movement and above- and below-ground space for utilities. Green Street design, a new take on urban street design, takes a complete view of the street, seeing stormwater as a resource, universal mobility as a priority, and local plants as co-engineers of a complex built environment. It reimagines a singular street design that efficiently prioritizes multiple uses and recognizes the unique value of shared spaces.

Green Street design involves more than the addition of a little shrubbery it considers:

  • local ecology and addresses environmental stressors caused by street design, traffic, and human activity;
  • shapes sustainable communities where streets are both safe and comfortable for all users; and
  • boosts the economy by drawing people to downtowns and village greens enhanced by beautiful streetscapes and defined by a sense of place.

The Green Streets Vermont Guide

This Guide is intended as a springboard for action; as such, it can be read in its entirety or in sections as needed. It describes a linear process of Green Street design and build, from envisioning, to planning, to design, to maintenance, and to

The Guide includes:

  • Planning considerations to advance Green Street design along streets and in parking lots.
  • Guidelines for selecting the appropriate application for the right site.
  • Implementation and maintenance strategies that make Green Street design more achievable.
  • Examples of Green Streets throughout the state, highlighting their successes and challenges.

Download the Guide

The Vermont Green Street Guide (23 MB)

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We are grateful to the funders who made this project possible. Notably, the State of Vermont Clean Water Initiative, the USDA Forest Service, and the Lake Champlain Basin Program.