Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Urban Parks

Orlando Rail Trail Photo credit: Darcy Kiefel

The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities program has been working with cities to mitigate and sequester greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through urban parks and strategic green infrastructure planning. This report, developed in partnership with ICF International in 2008, outlines the greenhouse gas benefits of adding green space to an urban area and introduces methodologies for estimating potential greenhouse gas reductions.

In 2016, we partnered again with ICF International to publish an update to the methodology for reducing GHG emissions from active transportation (see chapter 2) to align with the state of practice in transportation planning, incorporate lessons learned from our experience to date, and quantify additional environmental, economic, and public health benefits.