Benefits Toolkit

The Landscape Performance Series Benefits Toolkit is a searchable collection of online tools and calculators to estimate landscape performance.

The tools can be used to estimate specific landscape benefits for completed projects when actual measurements are not available, or they can be used in the design phase to compare projected benefits among various options. Many tools also allow the user to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features.

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Waste Reduction Model (WARM) v14

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2016

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...

Topics

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...

Topics

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

National Stormwater Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2014

This free desktop application estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the U.S. The calculator uses EPA’s SWMM model and accesses several national databases that provide local topography, soil, historic rainfall, and evaporation information. It is most...

Topics

Stormwater management, Bioretention, Green roof, Permeable paving, Rainwater harvesting, Resilience

i-Tree Streets (v 5.1)

USDA Forest Service
2014

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...

Topics

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

i-Tree Eco (v 6)

USDA Forest Service
2016

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....

Topics

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

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