Land use and development planning that only accounts for the value of built capital often negatively impacts communities: small businesses and jobs can be lost, environmental health is impacted, and community structure may be lost. SERVES (Simple and Effective Resource for Valuing Ecosystem Services), can be used by individuals and communities to understand and leverage the economic value of green infrastructure and natural systems. This information provides powerful arguments for shifting investment towards sustainability.
The Economics of Change: Catalyzing the Investment Shift Toward a Restorative Built Environment provides effective alternatives to the current financial model and policy framework that drive investment decisions in real estate.
With the latitudes involved in protected area management, managers necessarily face tradeoffs as to which management practices to implement, and how those management practices affect protected area ecosystem services. Understanding the relative importance of protected area ecosystem services to stakeholders can help managers make decisions which maximize the value of the protected area to society.
A group for discussing how to address ecosystem services in local land use and infrastructure plans.
The purpose of this group is to investigate the challenges and opportunities associated with conserving ecosystem services within the context of Oregon's land use and infrastructure planning. Initially, information will be collected and compiled on this site, based on interviews with planners, local officials, and other experts. Listening sessions will be held in several rural communities, to enhance understanding of unique circumstances and potential opportunities.
Willamatte Partnership (http://willamettepartnership.org/) has been developing a nutrient trading protocol to increase water quality here in Oregon and helping others develop protocols to fit the needs and challenges of their local markets. This graphic, "Building Nutrient Tradnig Protocols," was designed as a tool to help organizations around the country to idenitfy those issues that typically need to be tailored to the goals of each program, arranged into the steps fo the general crediting process.