The tool is useful for developers and land managers and can be used directly by companies for their own properties or in partnership with other groups across a larger geography (e.g., city, watershed).
RELEASE YEAR & UPDATES
The tool was first released in 2010; Version 1.3 was released in 2014.
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE
The Green Infrastructure and Valuation Toolkit provides a set of benefit estimation tools that allow the user to assess existing or proposed infrastructure investments.
The 11 benefit estimation tools are climate change adaptation and mitigation, water management and flood alleviation, place and communities, health, land and property values, investment, labor productivity, tourism, recreation, biodiversity, and land management.
SOFTWARE AND DATA INPUT REQUIRE
The toolkit calculators operate in Microsoft Excel.
The user selects from among the 11 benefit estimation tools that most apply to their project and enters benefit-specific inputs for each tool, such as project purpose, details, beneficiaries, and site characteristics.
A cost-benefit worksheet is generated that summarizes the full range of benefits. Projects outputs are expressed in the terms—monetary, qualitative or quantitative—most relevant to the input data and existing knowledge.
EXPERTISE & TIME INVESTMENT REQUIRED
Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required, as well as local project details.
The average project takes approximately 8 hours to complete—with simple projects taking as little as 1 hour, and complex projects taking up to 6 days.
EXAMPLES OF COMPANY USERS
At this time the case studies available on the website focus on local municipal improvement projects.