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How valuable is your green landscape?

How cool is this! Now you can calculate the value of your lawn, garden, habitat, sidewalks...etc. If you like numbers...and economic benefits, this is the way to make sense out of the green movement.

The "Green Infrastructure Valuation Calculator" helps you balance and prioritize the improvements you can make...and helps you value what you already have!

What is green infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of open spaces and natural areas, such as greenways, wetlands, parks, forest preserves and native plant vegetation, that naturally manages stormwater, reduces flooding risk and improves water quality. Green infrastructure usually costs less to install and maintain when compared to traditional forms of infrastructure. Green infrastructure projects also foster community cohesiveness by engaging all residents in the planning, planting and maintenance of the sites.
  • Greenways
  • Raingardens
  • Wetlands Restoration
  • Trees
  • Green Roofs
  • Swales
  • Porous Pavement
  • Native Landscaping

What can you calculate?

Your green interventions customized with your Site Stats provide you with Hydrologic, Financial, and Scenario Details...and a Summary.

What results are provided?

Example of a summary:The difference between the conventional system and the green intervention(s) you chose decreases the total 100 year life cycle costs and increases benefits by $46,286! This strategy reduces peak discharge by 44%.

Calculate YOUR Green Infrastructure Value here: Green Values Calculator

This calculator is provided by The Center for Neighborhood Technology, a 28-year old organization that develops tools and methods for sustainable economic development.