Certified Project List

Greenprint Certified Projects address the range of recommended actions issued in the region’s green space and sustainability plan, Greenprint 2015/2040. The projects, programs, and initiative listed below are certified based on their capacity to address the plan’s identified recommendations and short-term targets.

If your organization or jurisdiction has a project that qualifies for certification, you may submit your project for certification by clicking here.

A Regional Interconnected Network of Parks, Greenways and Open Spaces

One of the central and most important recommendations in the Greenprint plan is the establishment of a regional network of greenspace. This Strategic Direction and its corresponding objectives and actions provide guidance for developing such a network. They aim to expand and improve a network of green space hubs, improve the access and use of existing parks and green space, and to develop a regional identity and central entity that will coordinate the development of the network.

The ACCESS Project on Shelby Farms Greenline by Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 1, 2: Expand and improve a network of green space hubs linked by greenways and trails; Protect and create green space hubs to anchor the regional green infrastructure network; Protect existing and create new links and loops between hubs.

Agricenter Sunflower Trail by Agricenter International

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 7: Expand and improve a network of green space hubs linked by greenways and trails; Preserve and integrate agricultural character and history into the system of parks, green spaces, and trails.

Big River Crossing by the Big River Strategic Initiative

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 2, 8: Expand and improve a network of green space hubs linked by greenways and trails; Protect existing and create new links and loops between hubs; Connect greenways and trails to cultural resources and historic sites, settlements and communities.

Big River Parkway Trail by the Big River Strategic Initiative

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 3, 7, 8: Expand and improve a network of green space hubs linked by greenways and trails; Protect existing and create new sites to ensure residetns are within close proximity to parks or trails; Preserve and integrate agricultural character and history into the system of parks, green spaces and trails; Connect greenways and trails to cultural resources and historic sites, settlements and communities.

CCC River Camp at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park by Mississippi River Corridor TN

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 3: Improve the access and use of existing parks and green space for the benefit of people and wildlife; Prepare and update plans for park improvements, maintenance, safety, and facility assets management.

Citizen’s Guide to Improving Your Park by Community Development Council’s Livable Memphis

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 3, 4: Improve the access and use of existing parks and green space for the benefit of people and wildlife; Prepare and update plans for park improvements, maintenance, safety, and facility assets management; Create, fund, and execute a pilot project to address maintenance and safety issues in one or more underused parks.

Heights Line Demonstration Project by The Heights Community Development Corporation

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 2, 3, 6, 8: Protect existing and create new links between hubs; Protect existing and create new sites to ensure residents are within close proximity to parks or trails; Incorporate a diverse range of active and passive recreation amenities into green spaces in an environmentally sensitive way; Connect greenways and trails to historic sites and cultural resources, settlements, and communities.

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 5: Plan and execute regular organized activities at pilot project sites to induce greater use, demonstrate improvements, and catalyze additional improvements

Equitable Participation and Community Ownership

Here the plan highlights the importance of reducing social and economic disparities for underserved populations and increasing opportunities for such groups and communities to participate in planning decisions. The plan seeks to engage and include a diverse group of individuals, groups and communities throughout the plan’s implementation, to build a culture of effective citizen planning, especially in underserved communities, and to ensure equity in implementation priority, site selection and resource allocation.

Advocacy and Outreach Toolkit by Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 1: Engage and include a diverse group of individuals, groups, and communities from across the region through implementation; Create an outreach and advocacy toolkit to inform individuals of the value of the Greenprint plan.

Slim’s Backyard Buildout by Community LIFT

OBJECTIVE 3; ACTION 1: Ensure Equity in implementation priority, site selection, and resource allocation; Identify and prioritize investments in green and social infrastructure where there are critical gaps.

Enhanced Access through Transportation Choices

This Strategic Direction identifies suggested actions to improve multimodal transportation options for residents across the Mid-South. Addressing these actions will create new transportation choices, improve public transit, make safer and more continuous pedestrian routes, and reduce overall transportation costs.

Big River Parkway Trail by the Big River Strategic Initiative

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 1: Connect communities through a multi-modal transportation network and green infrastructure; Prioritize transportation investments that connect multiple neighborhoods, municipalities, and activity centers.

Explore Bike Share by Doug Carpenter and Associates

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 4: Increase transportation choices and modal connections for all users; Increase and promote the use of bicycles for commuting and non-recreational transportation.

Complete Streets Project Delivery Manual by City of Memphis and BLDG Memphis

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 4, 6: Increase transportation choices and modal connections for all users; Increase and promote the use of bicycles for commuting and non-recreational transportation. Ensure investments and decision-making foster a holistic transportation network for all users, regardless of age, ability,
or mode of transportation

Healthy and Safe Communities

The objectives of this Strategic Direction are designed to promote a comprehensive concept of community health, wellness and healthy lifestyles, to improve access to natural foods, and to promote safe, healthy and walkable communities. In pursuing these objectives, the region will see a lower occurrence of public health issues (such as obesity and asthma), increased access to high quality fresh foods and healthcare, and improved safety for users of parks, trails and open spaces.

Green Leaf Learning Farm by Knowledge Quest

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 4: Promote a comprehensive concept of community health, wellness, and health lifestyles; Create and support nature- and place-based youth education and physical fitness programs as a means for improving child health, development, and education

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 1: Comprehensively address food insecurity, focusing on comunities with low access to healthy foods.

Memphis Learning Garden Initiative by Kitchen Community 

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 5: Improve access to healthy foods; Create and sustain school gardens as part of an integrated healthy foods curriculum

911 Trail Location System by Mid-South Greenways Alliance

OBJECTIVE 3; ACTION 1,2: Promote safe, healthy, and walkable communities; Create and organize citizen groups, agencies and community police to enhance safety in parks, trails, and green spaces; Integrate active and passive security measures in parks, trails and green spaces.

Clean Neighborhoods 4 Babies Community Outreach Program – High Tunnels and Restoration Project by The First Year Foundation Incorporated

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 2: Promote a comprehensive concept of community health, wellness, and healthy lifestyles; Advocate for the right for all people to live in communities that are well-planned, clean, green, and safe and provide opportunities for healthy lifestyle choices and living

Improved Neighborhoods and Fair Housing Choices

This Strategic Direction presents comprehensive strategies to stabilize neighborhood housing markets, to improve neighborhood use of and access to green space, to reduce blight and vacancy, and to improve fair housing choices.

Sidewalk Prioritization Analysis by Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 4: Ensure neighborhood access to green spaces and walkability; Enhance accessibility by repairing existing sidewalks where needed, and adding benches along sidewalk paths.

Sustainable Resources and a Quality Environment

The Mid-South has many important natural assets. This Strategic Direction looks at conserving and protecting these resources, promoting sustainable watershed management, converting brownfields into productive green assets, and prioritizing investments that protect biodiversity and wildlife habitat.

Sustainable Schools Challenge by Clean Memphis

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 2: Conserve and protect natural resources including air, water, and land; Communicate the economic benefits of green infrastructure and an ecologically sensitive approach to planning and development.

Native Grass and Wildflower Planting in Kennedy Park by Memphis Light Gas and Water

OBJECTIVE 4; ACTION 4: Promote and prioritize investments that protect biodiversity and wildlife habitat; Promote and demonstrate use of native grasses or plants that provide wildlife habitat in neighborhoods and public areas.

Wildlife Improvements at ARK Trails by DeSoto County Parks and Greenways

OBJECTIVE 4; ACTION 4: Promote and prioritize investments that protect biodiversity and wildlife habitat; Promote and demonstrate use of native grasses or plants that provide wildlife habitat in neighborhoods and public areas.

A Productive Workforce and Economy

Improving quality of life for residents of the Mid-South by implementing the Greenprint Plan generates the environment needed to attract and retain businesses and qualified workers. This Strategic Direction makes recommendations to enhance that potential. It also suggests actions that will improve access to education and employment, expand green technology training, and improve economies at home, in neighborhoods, and across the region.

Be the first organization or jurisdiction to certify a project that addresses the recommended actions in “A Productive Workforce and Economy”.  Submit your project for certification here.

Project Green Fork Certification Program by Project Green Fork

OBJECTIVE 4; ACTION 4: Increase and enhance regional employment and economic development opportunities; Promote employer investment in green business practices as a way to improve local and regional economic competitiveness and community livability.

Effective Long-term Regional Planning

Regional collaboration for visioning, goal setting, problem solving and action will help improve economic competitiveness and livability in the Mid-South Region. This strategic direction issues recommendations to continue the regional collaboration achieved during the Greenprint planning process and to establish and maintain a shared data resources system to support future decision making.

Where We Live and Where to Give by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

OBJECTIVE 2; ACTION 6: Establish and maintain a shared data resources system to support decision making; Create and maintain an electronic information platform for sharing planning information, gathering public input, and measuring regional performance on meeting key sustainability indicators.

Memphis 3.0 by City of Memphis Office of Comprehensive Planning

OBJECTIVE 1; ACTION 3, 7: Continue regional collaboration of planning and policy-making and coordination of assets and resources; Conduct community-based visioning to align the goals of each municipality and county in the Mid-South to leverage the unique competitive advantages of rural, suburban, and urban communities; Coordinate local land use, housing, and open space plans with regional transportation planning.