Benefits Toolkit

Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2010

This tool estimates the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and energy benefits associated with increasing the recycled content of materials purchased or manufactured. The tool compares baseline recycled content for common materials – including  glass, wood, metals, plastics, paper, PVC, and fiberboard – to...

Topics

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

Recycling and Reusing Landscape Waste Cost Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2008

This Microsoft Excel-based calculator estimates the cost and environmental benefits of four scenarios for handling hardscape and landscape wastes (concrete and asphalt, brick, lumber, and yard waste): (1) Reusing all waste possible on-site, recycling all waste possible that cannot be reused, and disposing of waste...

Topics

Water conservation, Energy use, Air quality, Carbon sequestration & avoidance, Waste reduction, Operations & maintenance savings, Other economic, Reused/recycled materials

Construction Carbon Calculator

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Mithun
2007

This tool estimates the net embodied carbon of a project’s structures and site. The measurements account for building materials, processes and carbon released due to ecosystem degradation or sequestered through landscape installation or restoration. Landscape inputs are ecoregion, area and type of existing...

Topics

Carbon sequestration & avoidance

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