Benefits Toolkit

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…


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…


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, Trees, Rainwater harvesting, Permeable paving, Bioretention, Green roof

National Stormwater Management Calculator

Center for Neighborhood Technology

This online tool compares predevelopment, conventional development, and development with Green Stormwater BMPs for a single site. Results include changes in total runoff volume, pervious area, and life cycle costs. Inputs include: site size, predevelopment land cover, post development land cover, and parameters for…


Stormwater management, Operations & maintenance savings, Trees, Rainwater harvesting, Permeable paving, Bioretention, Native plants, Green roof

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