Sustainability Toolkit: Economic Models

Tools are needed to put sustainable design theory into practice. To complement an earlier series of thematic resource guides organized around climate change, sustainable urban developmenttransportation, livable communities, and green infrastructure, this three-part “Sustainability Toolkit” will provide online toolkits, assessment tools, checklists, modeling software, and case studies designed to aid policy makers and design professionals roll out sustainable projects at the regional, urban, and local levels.

The Sustainability Toolkit covers environmental, economic, and social models. Part one offered a range of environmental models. Part two covers economic models. Part three, which will be coming over the next few months, will explore the social components of sustainability, including community participation and public health models.

Sustainability Toolkit: Economic Models focuses on economic sustainability, which involves the development of a healthy economy that supports and sustains people and the environment over the long-term. In a market-driven economy, cost is a deciding factor in determining whether a project moves forward. To be sustainable, projects must not only provide environmental and social benefits, but also provide economic value. Ecosystem service models can also be used to quantify the inherent economic value of services nature already provides for free.

The toolkit is arranged from macro- to micro-scales, beginning with sustainable regional planning, and moving to sustainable cities & communities planning, sustainable neighborhood planning, and, then finally, site-specific tools related to sustainable landscapes and green buildings.

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Sustainability Toolkit: Economic Models is meant to be a living guide and will only improve with your assistance. Please send any recommendations to:

Image credit: Taeoh Kim / ASLA 2009 Honor Award. ChonGae Canal Source Point Park: Sunken Stone Garden, Seoul, Korea. Mikyoung Kim Design

2 thoughts on “Sustainability Toolkit: Economic Models

  1. Daron 06/09/2010 / 11:16 pm

    you can’t use cheonggyecheon as your image under a title about sustainability. An urban stream that only exists through the constant pumping of water from a far off river is absolutely not sustainable. When the power goes out, the stream dries up. Moreover, most of the length of the stream is just water running over concrete and rocks gathering bacteria without any plant life to filter it. There are plants and fish, but they’re clearly not in the proportions a natural stream would have.

    Instead, please find an image for yangjaecheon.

  2. asladirt 06/15/2010 / 8:13 am

    Dear Daron,

    It depends on how you define sustainability.

    We highlighted this project via the main image because it’s seen as a case study for encouraging sustainable development at the urban level. It’s also an important case study on how to drive economic development in an environmentally-positive way.

    The project removed highways and hard infrastructure to reveal the original stream. The project involved restoring many aspects of the original habitat. Also, local businesses and community groups around Cheongyecheon got together to help push the river revitalization project through. Learn more about the project:

    ASLA Professional Award

    New York Times article:

    Best Regards,
    The Dirt editor

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