The Land and People Lab
The Land and People Lab is TPL’s “think and do” tank that advances TPL’s work through the power of evidence. From geospatial science to ecology, from economics to epidemiology, from social science to urban planning — we collect and analyze data, generate evidence, and get that evidence where it needs to go to influence policy and practice — all with the aim of advancing TPL’s strategic commitments to health, equity, climate action, and community.
The Lab is privileged to have the support and expertise of a group of individuals with expertise in community and environmental health, geospatial science, and urban planning.
Parks and green spaces are our common ground. In a time when the United States—and, indeed, much of the world—feels increasingly polarized across political, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines, parks offer a much needed space for unification.
Whether you want help closing the outdoor equity gap or planning a new park, need guidance about green infrastructure, or seek insights about the value of conserved lands, our experts are ready to work with you.
We created the country’s most extensive database of local parks in nearly 14,000 cities, towns, and communities to measure equitable access to green space and identify priority areas that need more parks and trails.
Our ParkScore index is the most comprehensive comparison of park systems across the U.S. Updated every year, ParkScore ranks 100 of the most populated cities in the country in five categories: equity, access, investment, amenities, and acreage.
Every year, dozens of state and local governments vote to raise public funds in support of land conservation. Our LandVote Database is the premier source of information about these measures, bringing together the most comprehensive history of conservation finance measures on ballots across the country.
Created to assess the impacts of conservation efforts, Conservation Almanac allows you to discover, analyze, and map the results of federal, state, and local funding for conservation since 1998.
National Conservation Easement Database
NCED gathers records from both land trusts and public agencies in a public-private partnership.
This data helps organizations plan more strategically, identify opportunities for collaboration, advance public accountability, and raise awareness of what’s happening in conservation.
Conservation Carbon Map
This tool helps people make informed decisions about locations with high potential for protecting stored carbon and increasing carbon uptake.
Each year, Trust for Public Land compiles data on parks across the nation’s 100 most populous cities, which represent about 20% of the U.S. population. This dataset aggregates park inventories – investment, acreage, and amenities – across all public and private organizations in each city, making it the most comprehensive dataset of its kind.
Linda Hwang joins the “Park Justice” episode of the Crossroads Podcast, where Nielsen’s business resource groups explore life and timely topics at the intersection of diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Linda speaks with Yamani Dixit, senior director of corporate citizenship and Eric Santero, regional co-lead for Nielsen’s Native business resource group.
Parks and green spaces are our common ground. In a time when the United States—and, indeed, much of the world—feels increasingly polarized across political, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines, parks offer a much needed space for unification. Based on Trust for Public Land’s extensive experience creating parks and protecting land with a diverse range of […]
All communities are stronger, healthier, and more connected when everyone is able to get outside and engage with nature. The Clifton Hills Alton Park Thread Trail (CHATT) project will link and revitalize many South Chattanooga lower-income communities of color, which have been cut off from opportunity and the renaissance of Chattanooga. Once complete, the CHATT […]
Discover new ways to harness the power of nature to achieve social, environmental, and economic benefits with the Natural Solutions Tool. The tool is a robust parcel prioritization map that anyone can use to explore and collect data about sites within Chicago-area watersheds. The tool’s parcel data is an excellent resource for driving funding of […]
Parks are essential and dynamic spaces. When people have access to a quality park close to home, they experience better mental and physical health, stronger social ties, and a more climate resilient future. Investments in these green spaces reflect the core values and goals of a community. They are visible expressions of the type of […]
Buffalo has some great parks, but they could be even better. Trust for Public Land partnered with Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo, and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to release the Buffalo Parks Master Plan, the city’s first comprehensive parks plan in 40 years. While nearly 89% of residents live within […]
The Economic Benefits of Parks in New York City report details the true economic value of all NYC’s outdoor green spaces. While previous studies have investigated the economic impact of individual parks, the Economic Benefits of Parks in New York City is the first benefit study of the city’s entire integrated park system. New York […]
The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program Grant Application Toolkit was created to help any interested entity create or support a successful grant application in the sixth round of the ORLP program with $192 million available.
The North Olympic Peninsula is a vibrant place, with a rich history of cultural and traditional life, amazing wildlife corridors for eagles and elk, world class recreation, locally owned family farms, and traditional forestry jobs that inject life into local towns. Conserving farms, forests, trails, and parks ensures these communities are healthy and flourishing. This […]
The Trust for Public Land and our partners have achieved amazing conservation funding heights for parks and open space, including the creation of more than $80 billion in public funds across the nation. But one program in Washington State has proven over time, that when you build bi-partisan support, and nurture relationships based on shared […]
Public park and trail systems are a valuable component of healthy communities. The Trust for Public Land conducted a study of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Southeast Michigan and found that parks and trails generate over $90 million in economic benefits each year. They improve community health, reduce stormwater runoff, attract visitors, enhance property values, and boost […]
The summer of 2020 is predicted to be the hottest ever recorded. Meanwhile, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge nationwide, city officials are closing public beaches and pools and limiting the capacity of cooling centers. This is putting even more pressure on public parks, which were already in high demand as one […]