Research and sources of inspiration that have helped shape the Green & Main initiative

We have selected a few key articles from the hundreds we have collected throughout the journey of Green & Main. These are particulary informative for the core goals and mission of the Green & Main initiative. It is our hope that they provide you with the same type of inspirational knowledge as we gained from reading them.

Adopters to the Architecture 2030 Challenge

The 2030 Challenge found its first adopter in the roughly 80,000 member American Institute of Architects. In May 2006, Architecture 2030 worked with the Mayors of Chicago, Miami, Seattle and Albuquerque to introduce a resolution to the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopting the 2030 Challenge. The 2030 Challenge has made a significant national impact and has been adopted by many organizations including The U.S. Green Building Council, Congress for the New Urbanism, American Solar Energy Society, Society of Building Science Educators, and numerous universities, businesses, professional offices, and organizations nationwide. Go to the article »

The Sustainable Sites Initiative Pilot Program

Green & Main is one of 150 Pilot Projects participating in the SITES two-year Pilot Program (June 2010-June 2012). These projects represent a diverse cross-section of project types, sizes and geographic locations in various stages of development from design to construction and maintenance. SITES Pilot Projects will be the first projects in the United States and abroad to demonstrate the application of The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009 which includes a four-star rating system. Go to the article »

How to Reduce Stormwater Runoff at Your Home

The impervious surfaces and lack of natural vegetation in typical cities and towns prevent precipitation from soaking into the ground, thus creating water runoff that pollutes waterways, aquatic ecosystems, and contributes to flooding. While runoff is a problem of immense scale, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to reduce storm water runoff on your own property. Go to the article »