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 development, transportation, 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.
Sustainability Toolkit: Economic Models is meant to be a living guide and will only improve with your assistance. Please send any recommendations to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credit: Taeoh Kim / ASLA 2009 Honor Award. ChonGae Canal Source Point Park: Sunken Stone Garden, Seoul, Korea. Mikyoung Kim Design