Benefits Toolkit

eBird

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
2009

eBird is a database of citizen science bird observations that allows for tracking of bird species distribution and abundance worldwide. The online database is freely accessible and made possible by millions of bird observers across the world uploading information from field observations. The only required input is...

Topics

Populations & species richness

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

System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC)

Deborah A. Cohen and Thomas L. McKenzie
2007

SOPARC is a direct observation tool for assessing use of parks and play areas. The tool provides protocols for observers to track users’ physical activity levels, activity types, genders, and estimated age and race/ethnicity groupings during a specified time frame using momentary time sampling. It can also be used...

Topics

Recreational & social value, Health & well-being, Play equipment, Active living

Resource Conserving Landscaping Cost Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2007

This Microsoft Excel-based calculator compares the cost of converting conventional landscapes to landscapes that require less irrigation and produce less waste. Inputs include: configuration of the current landscape (proportion that is comprised of flowers, turf, shrubs, and ground cover), configuration of...

Topics

Water conservation, Operations & maintenance savings, Construction cost savings, Native plants

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