Urban Forest Assessments Resource Guide
This tool from American Forests is an extension of ESRI’s ArcGIS software. It converts stormwater and energy impacts (among others) from trees and other vegetation into monetary values based on local specifications.
Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), SITES offers a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish sustainable landscapes, measure their performance, and elevate their value. This article addresses a perceived flaw within SITES’s treatment of trees and soil for disturbed (but not brownfield) urban in-fill sites.
The Social Computing Group at MIT created this map by analyzing Google Street View images of Cambridge, MA. It illustrates the amount of green infrastructure in the city and could offer some useful guidance to GIS specialists.
San Francisco created a modest plan which the city is implementing in three phases. The first phase focused on street trees because San Francisco has small tree canopy, fragmented and underfunded maintenance. The second and third phases involve developing a vision and recommending greening opportunities to businesses and private property owners.
The Durham Compass combines data from local government, state and federal agencies, and the Census Bureau into an interactive map to illustrate to stakeholders the quality of life in and around Durham, North Carolina. Users can select specific sections of the city and browse a variety of indicators such as tree coverage, impervious area, and […]