Greening the Greenway - Pilot

 Greensboro, NC 27405
Environmental Justice The project supports environmental justice. Volunteer Support Volunteer opportunities are available for this project. Pilot Project This is one of the first community projects piloted in early 2017.

Urban Offsets, the City of Greensboro and Greensboro Beautiful will be joining forces to build the city’s first “community carbon bank”, The carbon credits from this project will help Elon University meet its carbon neutrality goal, part of the university’s Sustainability Master Plan.

Project Owner

Incorporated in 1968, Greensboro Beautiful, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 volunteer organization which partners with the City and citizens of Greensboro to conserve and enhance the beauty and ecology of our community.


This is a two-mile stretch of the Greensboro Greenway, a trail that is found throughout the entire city. This area boarders Wesley Long Hospital, Friendly Shopping Center, and Grimsley High School.

Planting Site

The trees are placed on either side of both entrances and along the top of the hill parallel to the running trail. These trees can be seen from Wesley Long Hospital rooms, and complement their Healing Garden.

More about this project...

This project serves as a proof of concept for the Duke Carbon Offset Initiative's Urban Forestry Carbon Offset Protocol and is one of the first community-based carbon projects in the country.

  • Spring 2017
    Project created

    Greensboro Beautiful created the the Fall 2017 project.

  • Summer 2017
    Planting location found

    Planting location determined by the City of Greensboro..

  • Fall 2017
    Site prepared for planting

    The Site waiting for location, then will be prepped closer to event date.

  • December 2017
    Planting event

    Planting event: Elon volunteers, Urban Offsets, The City of Greensboro and Greensboro Beautiful organized the final tree planting event.

  • 1st inventory completed

    Trees will be inventoried 30 days after planting date.

  • Project registered

    Carbon credits will then be ready to accept supporters.

  • New Supporter

    Elon University will be supporting this project.

  • New Supporter

    Duke University will be supporting this project.

  • 2nd inventory completed

    The second inventory date is 12 months after the planting date.

  • 1st peer verification started

    Peer Validation will occur 12 months after the planting date.

  • Submitted and Finalized

    The review will then be submitted.

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