Benefits Toolkit

Carbon Conscience

Sasaki

This free app 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, and landscape…

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Carbon sequestration & avoidance

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Pathfinder: Landscape Carbon Calculator

Climate Positive Design

This free, 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

iNaturalist

California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic Society

iNaturalist is a worldwide online network of biodiversity information that provides access to millions of citizen science observations of plant and animal biodiversity. It functions as a crowdsourced species identification system and organism recurrence recording tool to help understand the presence and prevalence of…

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Populations & species richness, Restoration, Resilience

Public Life Tools

Gehl Institute

This set of simple direct observation and survey tools can be used to evaluate site use in public spaces like plazas, parks, squares, and streets. The tools include Age and Gender Tally, People Moving Count, Participant Survey, and Stationary Activity Mapping. Each tool provides basic instructions and limitations along…

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Recreational & social value, Transportation, Access & equity, Placemaking

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