Tag Archives: Value

Creating Value: Assessing the Return on Investment in Complete Streets

How can benefit-cost analyses emphasize the value of Complete Streets? And what can advocates do to make Complete Streets a higher priority in city and state budgets? Join the National Complete Streets Coalition and Stantec to learn how to plan and design Complete Streets projects to make them more competitive for grants. The webinar will also explore how to use basic return on investment analysis to measure the benefits of Complete Streets. Register now... Read more

Why More Cities Need to Add Up the Economic Value of Trees

To get the biggest bang for tree planting and maintenance bucks, Tampa turns to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences urban forester Rob Northrop, for information on which trees provide the greatest shade, which can be planted closest to sidewalks and parking lots without root growth buckling pavement and which species best withstand floods in a city already impacted by sea level rise. Read more... Read more

What Are Trees Worth to Cities?

​David Nowak, a lead researcher at the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Syracuse, New York, whittles down 30 years of studying the economic value of forests to this advice: If you can only plant one tree, plant it in a city. Read more... Read more

The National Economic Impact of Parks and Recreation

New national research shows the definitive economic impact of local and regional park agencies. Preliminary findings from an Economic Impact Study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University (GMU) shows that the nation’s local and regional parks are economic powerhouses, creating nearly $140 billion in economic activity per year and supporting nearly 1 million jobs. Find out more details in this executive briefing from GMU on the study.... Read more