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Get Certified

Salmon-Safe offers a series of peer-reviewed certification and accreditation programs linking site development land management practices with the protection of agricultural and urban watersheds. Whether the site is a biodynamic farm in northern California, a Walla Walla vineyard, or a downtown Seattle commercial development, certification requires management practices that protect water quality and restore habitat. Most recently, Salmon-Safe has introduced innovative new programs focused on site design and development, as well as accreditation programs for developers and for pollution prevention in large-scale construction management.

Urban Development

Building on our work with innovative developers of sidewalk-to-sidewalk commercial projects in Seattle, Salmon-Safe's development standards apply to any large-scale urban project with the goal of elevating environmental performance through design and construction to ongoing operation. The standards can be applied at any time from schematic design through construction or even site operation. Learn more about certification of new development projects.


Salmon-Safe has become a leading U.S. certifier of ecologically sustainable viticulture with more than 350 Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia vineyards achieving certification, including nearly half of the wine grape acreage in Oregon's Willamette Valley and a growing number of Washington's most acclaimed producers. Certification for winegrowers focuses on reducing runoff from hillside vineyards and enhancement of native biodiversity on vineyard sites. Learn more about vineyard certification.



Since 1997, Salmon-Safe and its place-based implementation partners have worked with more than 500 West Coast farms to provide incentives for the adoption of practices that protect water quality and fish habitat. Salmon-Safe certified farms include both organic operations and growers using biologically-based integrated pest management. Salmon-Safe and its partners have promoted certified products in more than 300 natural food and mainstream grocery stores. Learn more about farm certification.


Corporate and University CampusesCorporate & University Campuses

A decade ago, Nike led the way as the first corporate adopter of Salmon-Safe practices at their 180-acre World Headquarters campus. With our rigorous project-based approach, Salmon-Safe provides important benefits to landowners including validation of environmental performance, innovation credit under U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program, public credibility, and enhanced operational efficiency and cost savings. Learn more about corporate & university campus certification.


Large-Scale Infrastructure

Mid-stream through a first pilot with the City of Portland, Salmon-Safe is rolling out a green street design and development standard for mass transit, large-scale stormwater, and other infrastructure projects that integrate the principles of low impact development (LID) site design while focusing on habitat vulnerability most critical to reduction of nonpoint source pollution and survival of imperiled fish. Learn more about piloting green infrastructure standards.


Parks Systems & Natural Areas

Developed in partnership with the city of Portland with the collaboration of many other Northwest municipalities, Salmon-Safe park and natural area certification is a system-wide approach that relies on a comprehensive evaluation of of overall management policies and planning related to habitat and water quality protection.  Learn more about certification of parks and natural areas.


Golf Courses

Salmon-Safe Golf seeks to inspire a new level of environmental innovation in golf course design and management with respect to the protection of urban water quality and the preservation of imperiled West Coast salmon. The project is a collaboration between Salmon-Safe and our Seattle-based implementation partner Stewardship Partners. Learn more about certification of golf courses.

Accreditation Programs

Contractor Accreditation

As Salmon-Safe's first practice-based accreditation program, Salmon-Safe’s program for construction companies engages contractors in consistently applying best construction site management practices with the goal of achieving zero sediment runoff across their entire operation.  Learn more about accreditation of construction management.

Developer Accreditation

Now in pilot phase, Salmon-Safe's newest initiative is accreditation for large-scale developers that commit to implementing Salmon-Safe principles across all of their development projects. Vulcan in Seattle is the first pilot firm for Developer Accreditation.   Learn more about developer accreditation.