Benefits Toolkit

Carbon Conscience

Sasaki

This web-based application estimates the potential for carbon emissions, carbon storage, and carbon sequestration for design alternatives based on land use and at various scales. It can be used in the early stages of a project at various scales to compare design options, test alternate land uses, structural systems…

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Carbon sequestration & avoidance

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Pathfinder: Landscape Carbon Calculator

Climate Positive Design

This  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, and…

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Carbon sequestration & avoidance

COMET-Farm

Colorado State University and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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

Waste Reduction Model (WARM) v14

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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…

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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 sixteen…

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

i-Tree Streets (v 5.1)

USDA Forest Service

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 street tree…

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

i-Tree Eco (v 6)

USDA Forest Service

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. Eco…

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

This broad analysis attempts to place an economic value on the numerous benefits provided by green infrastructure (defined here as a network of decentralized stormwater management practices). The report brings together current research on green infrastructure performance and presents methods for calculating related…

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Stormwater management, Water conservation, Water quality, Flood protection, Energy use, Air quality, Temperature & urban heat island, Carbon sequestration & avoidance, Recreational & social value, Educational value, Property values, Other economic, Bioretention, Green roof, Permeable paving, Rainwater harvesting, Trees

GBRL Green Roof Energy Calculator (v 2.0)

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Portland State University, and University of Toronto

This calculator compares the annual energy performance of a building with a green roof to the same building with either a conventional dark roof or a highly-reflective white roof. The results are based on simulations run for new construction (ASHRAE 90.1-2004) apartment or office buildings and use typical weather data…

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Stormwater management, Energy use, Operations & maintenance savings, Green roof

Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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 an alternate…

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

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