Benefits Toolkit

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 ...

Topics

Carbon sequestration & avoidance

Waste Reduction Model (WARM) v14

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2016

This web-based tool estimates and compares greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy use reductions for different waste management practices in a baseline and an alternate scenario. It is intended to support voluntary GHG measurement and reporting initiatives. The tool works for common household and construction materials...

Topics

Energy use, Carbon sequestration & avoidance, Waste reduction, Reused/recycled materials

InVEST is a suite of software models used to map and value the goods and services from nature that sustain and fulfill human life. It aims to provide a consistent methodology for measuring and comparing the value of multiple ecosystem services underdifferent ecological conditions. The toolset currently includes...

Topics

Soil creation, preservation & restoration, Water quality, Populations & species richness, Carbon sequestration & avoidance, Food production, Resilience

i-Tree Eco (v 6)

USDA Forest Service
2016

i-Tree Eco (originally the Urban Forest Effects or UFORE model) uses detailed field data from complete inventories or randomly sampled plots to quantify urban forest structure, environmental effects, and value to communities. The study area can range from a single tree to a park to an entire county’s urban forest....

Topics

Energy use, Air quality, Carbon sequestration & avoidance, Other economic, Trees

i-Tree Streets (v 5.1)

USDA Forest Service
2014

i-Tree Streets uses tree inventory data to quantify environmental and aesthetic benefits and their dollar value, including: energy conservation, air quality improvement, CO2 reduction, stormwater control, and property value increase. The study area can range from a single planting site to an entire city’s...

Topics

Stormwater management, Energy use, Air quality, Carbon sequestration & avoidance, Property values, Trees

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