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Economic Models: Sustainable City and Community Planning

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Clean Cities Energy Coordinator Toolbox (U.S. Department of Energy)
The U.S. department of energy assembled this toolbox designed to help city energy planners develop successful, thriving coalitions and organize project funding.

Urban Foresty Toolkit For Local Governments (ICLEI)
This toolkit is designed to communicate the benefits of the urban forest and provide policy guidelines to enable municipalities to move toward achieving a sustainable urban ecosystem. The included fact sheets discuss the environmental, economic, and social benefits of urban forests.

Assessment Tools

Urban Forestry Map (City of San Francisco, CalFire, Friends of the Urban Forest)
This web-based tool calculates the economic value of the range of ecosystem services trees provide, including greenhouse gas mitigation, water and energy conservation, and air quality benefits.

Wind Project Calculator (Windustry)
This excel workbook tool was developed to assist decision makers perform cash flow modeling for community wind turbine projects. 


Model Recycling Programs (Recycle Together)
This checklist enables recycling program developers to compare their projects to those in cities of similar complexion and size which have exemplary recycling programs. 

Case Studies

Congestion Pricing: A Primer (U.S. Department of Transportation / Federal Highways Administration)
This brief primer outlines a few congestion pricing cases in the U.S. and abroad. 

Ecosystem Services Project Case Studies (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems and the Myer Foundation)
The project is a collaborative natural resource management program focused on the "services people obtain from their environments." Case studies focus on Australia.

How Much Value Does the City of Philadelphia Receive from its Park and Recreation System? (Trust for Public Land)
This in-depth study quantified the economic value of the city of Philadelphia’s park and recreation system in terms of reduced air pollution, reduced stormwater management, increased property value, direct use value, improved human health, increased tourism, and community cohesion.

London Congestion Pricing: Implications for Other Cities (Victoria Transport Policy Institute)
Since 2003, London has charged private automobile owners a fee for driving in the central district. This case study outlines how the approach has "significantly reduced traffic congestion, improved bus and taxi service, and generated substantial revenues."

Millennium Park Economic Impact Study (Goodman Williams Group / URS Corporation for the City of Chicago)
This economic impact study examines Millennium Park's economic contribution to the City of Chicago

Model Recycling Program, San Jose, California
San José, California has an exemplary recycling program, with an overall landfill diversion rate of 62 percent. It’s website provides an excellent overview of its strategies which can serve as a model for recycling programs across the nation. It also outlines how recycling provided economic benefits to the city and local businesses

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