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The SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting is a measurement framework for biophysical data, tracking changes and linking them to economic and other human activity from the perspective of entire ecosystems, considering how individual environmental assets interact as part of natural processes within a given spatial area. To do so, the tool applies the accounting concepts and rules to the emerging field of ecosystem assessment and measurement in response to demands for integrated information on environmental sustainability, human wellbeing and economic growth and development. It offers a system of five accounts that together present comprehensive view of ecosystems and their services.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Project Planning
Type(s) of Tool: Guidelines
Organization: UN, EC, FAO, OECD, World Bank

The Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) Practitioners’ Guide aims to support practitioners of CEAs in their work and submission processes to regulatory bodies. The tool gives practitioners an overview of current understanding about the CEA practice, suggests practical approaches to complete CEAS based on statutory requirements and best practice and provides case studies. Furthermore, the Guide defines key terms and an exemplary assessment framework and recommends good practices in for data collection and cases of lacking data, among other useful orientations.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Project Planning
Type(s) of Tool: Guidelines
Organization: Cumulative Effects Assessment Working Group for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The WELL Building Standard assesses and rates the performance of buildings in delivering spaces that enhance human health and wellbeing. Thereby, the tool aims to support buildings and organizations in delivering more thoughtful and intentional spaces by setting performance standards for design interventions, operational protocols and policies and a commitment to fostering a culture of health and wellness. The tool rates buildings’ performance using individualized, point-based scorecards depending on the use and occupational structure of the building (owner-occupied or rented).

Sector(s): Health, Buildings
Lifecycle Phase(s): Project Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance
Type(s) of Tool: Rating Systems
Organization: International WELL Building Institute

The Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) is modelling tool that supports decision-making in integrated water management at the local or small watershed scale. The tool models the environmental effects and costs of management decisions at the watershed context, considering water flows and quality. WMOST serves to screen a wide range of potential water resource management options for their cost effectiveness, environmental and economic sustainability, including consideration of different climate scenarios. A theoretical documentation report and a user guide support application.

Sector(s): Water and Sanitation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Project Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Operation and Maintenance
Type(s) of Tool: Modelling Tools
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America - EPA

Sustainable was developed to showcase the influence of infrastructure (and coming soon: procurement) on the SDG targets that relate to various cross-cutting themes in development, such as women’s empowerment and, coming soon, environmental protection and resilience or disaster risk reduction. The tool informs the users of the actions that can be undertaken while implementing infrastructure projects to support the achievement of specific SDG targets related to these themes. The information is specific to the different infrastructure sectors and includes recommendation on when to implement these measures during the infrastructure life cycle.

Sector(s): Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water and Sanitation, Health, ICT/Digital, Buildings
Lifecycle Phase(s): Project Planning
Type(s) of Tool: Impact Assessments
Organization: UNOPS, ECI, University of Oxford

SWMM is an open-source software application that can be used for single event or long-term simulations of water runoff quality and quantity. The tool evaluates gray infrastructure stormwater control strategies, such as pipes and storm drains, and is useful for comparing the effectiveness and costs of green or gray hybrid stormwater control solutions, especially in urban areas. Furthermore, SWMM allows engineers to determine the effectiveness of green infrastructure practices as low impact development controls in managing runoff. The software provides an integrated environment for editing input data and running simulations.

Sector(s): Water and Sanitation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Project Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design
Type(s) of Tool: Modelling Tools
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America - EPA

The National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a software application that allows users to analyze site hydrology for small- to medium-sized locations (less than 12 acres) in the United States and Puerto Rico. The SWC estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff, based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records and including different development and control scenarios. A cost estimation module and a future climate scenario module are included. The SWC is a resource for all Rainwater Management Credits in LEED by the U.S. Green Building Council for all project types in all rating systems.

Sector(s): Water and Sanitation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Project Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design
Type(s) of Tool: Modelling Tools
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America - EPA

LEED for Neighborhood Development is a rating system that helps create and certifies more sustainable and well-connected neighborhoods, looking beyond the scale of buildings and considering entire communities. The tool aims to encourage the (re-) development of communities that limits the expansion of development footprints and reduces social and health costs through measures such as improved connectivity and reduced vehicle use. There are two different options available for new developments (LEED ND: Plan) and existing neighborhoods (LEED ND: Built Project). A prerequisite review and a recertification option are available.

Sector(s): Urban Planning
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Project Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance
Type(s) of Tool: Rating Systems
Organization: Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

LEED for Cities and Communities is a rating system that helps local leaders create responsible, sustainable and specific plans for natural systems, energy, water, waste, transportation and many other factors that contribute to quality of life. The tool allows cities and communities to select the focus areas of most import to their local stakeholders through credits and points while setting a baseline through prerequisites. There are two different options available for new cities and community projects in the planning and design phase and for existing places. A recertification option is available.

Sector(s): Urban Planning
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Project Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance
Type(s) of Tool: Rating Systems
Organization: Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

LEED for Buildings offers four different rating systems that support building sustainability throughout the life cycle: LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) that can be used for new buildings, LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) for interior spaces, LEED for Operations, Maintenance (LEED O+M) for existing buildings and LEED Homes for residential buildings of up to six stories. The tools help decision makers and stakeholders to create responsible and sustainable buildings and continuously improve buildings’ performance. Recertification options are available.

Sector(s): Buildings
Lifecycle Phase(s): Project Planning, Concept Design, Procurement, Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance
Type(s) of Tool: Rating Systems
Organization: Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)