Benefits Toolkit

The Landscape Performance Series Benefits Toolkit is a searchable collection of online tools and calculators to estimate landscape performance.

The tools can be used to estimate specific landscape benefits for completed projects when actual measurements are not available, or they can be used in the design phase to compare projected benefits among various options. Many tools also allow the user to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features.

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Pathfinder: Landscape Carbon Calculator

Climate Positive Design
2019

This free, web-based application allows registered users to estimate the carbon footprint and time to carbon neutral for landscape projects based on site design and management. It may be used for projects in the design phase or already completed projects. The only required inputs are project type, site boundaries,...

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Carbon sequestration & avoidance

COMET-Farm

Colorado State University and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
2019

This tool estimates carbon footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for farms and ranches. Users input current farm or ranch management practices, and the tool uses information on climate and soil conditions from USDA databases to run a series of models for potential sources of GHG emissions and climate change ...

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Carbon sequestration & avoidance

iNaturalist

California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic Society
2017

iNaturalist is a worldwide online network of biodiversity information that provides access to millions of citizen science observations of plant and animal biodiversity. It functions as a crowdsourced species identification system and organism recurrence recording tool to help understand the presence and prevalence...

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Populations & species richness, Restoration, Resilience

Public Life Tools

Gehl Institute
2017

This set of simple direct observation and survey tools can be used to evaluate site use in public spaces like plazas, parks, squares, and streets. The tools include Age and Gender Tally, People Moving Count, Participant Survey, and Stationary Activity Mapping. Each tool provides basic instructions and limitations...

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Recreational & social value, Transportation, Access & equity, Placemaking

This open-source tool allows users to conduct a Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) measuring a site’s habitat condition or a specified natural plant community’s condition on a site. A user specifies a region within the United States and enters basic information about a specific site such as date,...

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Habitat quality, Native plants, Restoration

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