Corporate & University Campuses

Salmon-Safe offers the nation's first and only peer-reviewed certification program linking corporate or university land management practices with the protection of urban watersheds. Whether the site is a corporate campus with streams or wetlands, an urban office park, or a university campus, certification requires management practices that reduce stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution, helping to protect Pacific Northwest salmon watersheds.

About Certification

Salmon-Safe certification begins with a day-long site assessment of management issues including irrigation efficiency, stormwater management, pesticide reduction, and, if applicable for the site, streamside and wetlands area management. The assessment is conducted by a 3-member team that typically includes university hydrologist and pesticide experts, as well as a salmon biologist. The team also reviews management policies and documents related to environmental management of facilities and grounds.

Download the Salmon-Safe campus certification standards

Download the Salmon-Safe certification overview for universities. 

For smaller campuses, the field review generally completes the assessment process. In all cases, the assessment process serves as a management tool with Salmon-Safe working with landowners to bring technical assistance or other resources. Certification is valid for five years.

Benefits of Certification

With our peer reviewed standards and rigorous on-site inspection, 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, integration of management practices, and enhanced operational efficiency and cost savings. Salmon-Safe certification also can communicate to state and federal regulators that a landowner is out front with respect to meetingregulatory mandates like the Endangered Species Act.

Choose a partner in your area.Interested in Certification?

To find about more about Salmon-Safe certification of your corporate or university campus or other urban site, please contact:

  • For Puget Sound inquiries, contact Stewardship Partners
  • For Oregon, California, and British Columbia inquiries, and any other questions about certification, contact Salmon-Safe 

Read more about newly certified projects

Peruse the blog and read about Salmon-Safe's most recent urban certification projects, events for corporate landowners interested in transitioning to more ecologically sustainable site management, and upcoming campaigns. Read more


Salmon-Safe has worked at more than 20 corporate and institutional sites in Washington and Oregon. Early in 2010, Salmon-Safe conducted a comprehensive assessment of REI's headquarters campus, flagship Seattle store, and West Coast distribution center in Sumner, WA. In this photo taken during the REI headquarters assessment, Salmon-Safe team members discuss stormwater management options with REI facilities and corporate environmental managers.

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