Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Parks

Washington, DC (September 1, 2008)- Trust for Public Land recently released a publication that addresses climate change and urban parks. Specifically, the white paper identifies and quantifies the greenhouse gas benefits of urban greenspaces (neighborhood parks, bike paths, river parkways, community gardens, street trees, and water resources solutions) and mitigation measures such as carbon sequestration, reduction of “heat island” effect, improved groundwater recharge, reduced VMT, improved walk-ability of neighborhoods.


This white paper, prepared by ICF International, outlines the greenhouse gas benefits of adding green space to an urban area and introduces methodologies for estimating potential greenhouse gas reductions. The paper is intended to generate discussion about the need to create green livable cities, prompt new research on the benefits of parks to cities, and help government leaders in planning livable cities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Parks