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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)

The Integrated Valuation of Ecosystems Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) is a suite of open-source software models to map and value ecosystem services, including different models designed for terrestrial, freshwater, marine and coastal ecosystems. The tool helps explore how changes in ecosystems can lead to changes in the flows of many different benefits to people. Thereby, InVEST supports entities that deal with natural resources in their management and in balancing of environmental and economic goals, while avoiding degradation and depletion.

Sector(s): Natural Infrastructure
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning
Type(s) of Tool: Modelling Tools
Organization: Stanford University

The Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines on Good International Industry Practice (HGIIP) point out how sustainability performance for the hydropower sector should be defined and measured across a range of environmental, social, technical and governance topics. The guidelines present definitions of the processes and outcomes relating to good practice in the planning, operation and implementation of hydropower projects. As a compendium, the guidelines are a reference document for meeting the expectations of lenders, regulators, and consumers. The guidelines are complementary with the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tool.

Sector(s): Energy
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Prioritization, Project Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance, Decomissioning/Repurposing
Type(s) of Tool: Principles
Organization: International Hydropower Association (IHA)

FEASIBLE is a tool that facilitates the iterative process of balancing required finance with available finance, including a systematic, consistent and quantitative framework for consideration of environmental targets. The tool uses input describing existing infrastructures and availability of finance from user charges, public budgets and other sources. Based on the specification of the future service targets and projection of future finance, the model quantifies the resulting gap between the demand for expenditure (to invest in, operate and maintain infrastructure) and the supply of available funds. The tool can also be used to analyze the financial effects of different policy and regulation scenarios.

Sector(s): Waste, Water and Sanitation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Finance
Type(s) of Tool: Economic / Financial Valuations
Organization: Consulting Engineers and Planners (COWI)/EAP Task Force/OECD

The Capacity Assessment Tool for Infrastructure (CAT-I) support countries’ development through better planning, delivery and management of infrastructures. The tool is designed to help governments identify the gaps or bottlenecks that are inhibiting their ability to deliver sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Based on these gaps, the tool can be used to support the identification of potential solutions, develop a pipeline of projects to build national, state, city, or ministerial capacity using technical and advisory services and to show progress against a measured baseline.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Enabling Environment, Strategic Planning
Type(s) of Tool: Modelling Tools
Organization: United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS)

BREEAM Communities International Technical Standard is a tool to measure and certify and perspectively improve the sustainability of large-scale development plans. The tool assesses projects’ environmental, social and economic performance and provides key target benchmarks that assist decision makers in better understanding the long-term impacts of their projects. Thereby, the tool supports the integration of sustainability principles and goals already during the early planning and design stages of projects. After the assessment, an independent third-party verification takes place and successful projects receive certification.

Sector(s): Buildings
Lifecycle Phase(s): Enabling Environment, Strategic Planning
Type(s) of Tool: Rating Systems
Organization: Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE)

BEAM Plus Neighbourhood assesses the sustainability performance of neighbourhood development projects applying a holistic approach. The tool concerns the design of space between buildings and places emphasis on socio-economic elements, thereby supporting the creation of sustainable neighbourhoods with a vibrant public realm. Applied at early stage, it helps to engage with communities and key stakeholders during project development and to save resources through effective early stage sustainability planning. The performance of projects is rated with a point scoring that can result in a third-party verified certification.

Sector(s): Urban Planning
Lifecycle Phase(s): Enabling Environment, Strategic Planning, Project Planning
Type(s) of Tool: Rating Systems
Organization: Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC)

TREDIS is a transportation economics suite that helps transportation planners, and decision-makers calculate the economic impact, benefits and costs of proposed projects, programs and policies. The tool supports decision-making through economic impact analysis, cost-benefit analyses, financial analyses as well as freight and trade impact analyses. The software applies to passenger and freight transport via aviation, marine and rail modes, also including truck, car, bus, bicycle, and pedestrian travel, and can be used for deep analysis of a single project or simultaneous comparison of several projects. Impacts may be viewed at local, regional, state or national level.

Sector(s): Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Prioritization, Project Planning, Finance
Type(s) of Tool: Economic / Financial Valuations
Organization: Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB), TREDIS Software Group

SOURCE is a multilateral online platform to bring systemic change in the way governments define, develop and manage their sustainable infrastructure projects for both traditional procurement and Public Private Partnerships. It uses sector-specific questions sets covering all the stages of the project lifecycle and allowing for the definition of specific targets to fulfil the SDGs and Paris Agreement. The online tool includes a broad set of functionalities, including project team management, customizable project timeline and task management, document management, portfolio and project monitoring dashboards, consistency checks on project documentation, a Project Preparation Facilities Finder, knowledge management and a public pipeline for project promotion.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Enabling Environment, Strategic Planning, Prioritization, Project Planning, Concept Design, Procurement, Finance
Type(s) of Tool: Project Preparation Tools
Organization: Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (SIF)

SITES is a sustainability-focused framework that ushers landscape architects, engineers and others toward practices that protect ecosystems and enhance the mosaic of benefits they continuously provide to communities, such as climate regulation, carbon storage and flood mitigation. By providing performance measures rather than prescribing practices, SITES supports the unique conditions of each site, encouraging project teams to be flexible and creative as they develop beautiful, functional and regenerative landscapes. SITES is complementary with the LEED system. There is a pre-certification option available.

Sector(s): Urban Planning, Natural Infrastructure
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic Planning, Prioritization, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance
Type(s) of Tool: Rating Systems
Organization: Sustainable Sites Initiative, Green Business Certification, Inc (GBCI)