Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Urban Parks
As the nation's leading conservation group creating urban parks and livable cities, The Trust for Public Land commissioned a report that addresses climate change and urban parks. Urban green space serves diverse purposes, ranging from neighborhood and city parks to river parkways, bike paths, and street trees, which in turn can produce different types of greenhouse gas benefits.
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. We hope this paper will 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. 43 pages.