Benefits Toolkit

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...

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

Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation Cost Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2006

This Microsoft Excel-based calculator compares the water use and cost of a sub-surface drip irrigation system (with rain-shutoff device) to conventional sprinkler irrigation. The only inputs are: irrigated area, water rate cost, length of growing season, number of days per month with over 1/2” of rain, and...

Topics

Water conservation, Operations & maintenance savings, Construction cost savings, Efficient irrigation

SOPLAY is a direct observation tool for assessing use in free play settings. 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 to...

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

Erosion Control Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2006

This Microsoft Excel-based calculator is designed to help landscape and construction companies estimate the cost of using environmentally beneficial compost filter berms or compost filter socks for erosion control, rather than conventional silt fences. Inputs are: linear feet of erosion control needed, estimated...

Topics

Construction cost savings

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