Program Certification and Credit System In order to receive certification as a “Participating Neighborhood” through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, a neighborhood must earn a minimum of 60 credits. To receive certification as an “Outstanding Neighborhood,” a neighborhood must earn a minimum of 100 credits in the first year and 70 credits each subsequent year. The foundation of the certification program is a series of neighborhood workshops that support the Sustainable Neighborhoods Goal Areas (land, air, water, energy, people). The neighborhood’s first workshop is hosted by the city/county and will provide an overview of the program and assist the neighborhood in prioritizing topics of interest for future workshops. The remaining workshops are organized by the neighborhood with staff available as a resource during the planning process. For complete certification details, please view the Neighborhood Certification Brochure Credit Eligible Activities Neighborhood Workshops: Educational events that provide information and resources that help residents turn awareness into action. Special Events: Neighborhood-wide activities that enhance community sustainability through resident action (e.g., food drives, recycling days and neighborhood cleanups). Neighborhood Resource: A neighborhood information source that residents can use to make sustainable decisions (e.g., an alternative transportation map or a local sustainable business or product directory). Neighborhood Inventory: Neighborhood data related to sustainability that can be used to establish and track goals (e.g., the neighborhood energy footprint or ridership on public transportation). Implementation: Direct action taken by an individual or household that advances sustainability (e.g., installing energy-efficient light bulbs or xeriscaping a portion of the yard).