PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

TOOLS - Needs Assessment

GIS-based (mapping) toolkits to help identify project opportunities, prioritize locations, and assess environmental and public health concerns. 

CLIMATE SMART CITIES LOS ANGELES

The tool gives decision makers the ability to identify and prioritize locations, down to the parcel level, where nature-based green infrastructure can achieve multiple benefits.   

Source: Trust for Public Land

CALENVIROSCREEN 3.0

The tool helps identify California communities that are most affected by many sources of pollution, and where people are often especially vulnerable to pollution’s effects.  

Source: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

REDESIGN LA

This site can help evaluate stormwater infiltration and water quality improvement opportunities and constraints across the Los Angeles Basin. 

Source: Council for Watershed Health

CALIFORNIA HEALTHY PLACES INDEX

This tool helps to explore and change those community conditions (ex: housing, education, transportation, park access, social factors) that predict life expectancy.  

Source: Public Health Alliance of Southern California

LA COUNTY PARK NEEDS ASSESSMENT

This tool quantifies the need for parks and recreation resources in Los Angeles County. 

Source: LA County Department of Parks and Recreation

CALIFORNIA HEAT 
ASSESSMENT TOOL

This tool looks at heat vulnerability driven by climate changes and where action can be taken to mitigate the public health impacts of extreme heat in the future. 

Source: Four Twenty Seven

LA COUNTY TREE CANOPY VIEWER

A map viewer tool that highlights existing and possible tree canopy coverage in Los Angeles County. 

Source: TreePeople

COMMUNITY
DEMOGRAPHICS TOOL

A map viewer tool that helps identify challenges in your community using up-to-date census analytics. 

Source: PolicyMap

EJSCREEN COMMUNITY 
MAPPING TOOL

An environmental justice screening tool with high resolution maps and a methodology for combining datasets to identify environmental burdens on vulnerable populations. 

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

CITY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH PROFILES

Local level data for a broad array of indicators known to impact community health and well-being.  

Source: LA County Department of Public Health

311 DATA - CITY OF LOS ANGELES

Source: City of Los Angeles

HOMELESS COUNTS

The Count helps us better understand homelessness in our region and direct resources where they’re needed most.  

Source: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

TOOLS - Site Assessment & Design

Tools to assess site conditions, determine appropriate project BMP selections and sizing, and plan scenarios.

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EPA STORMWATER CALCULATOR

A tool to help balance land developments and landscaping with the right amount of green infrastructure. 

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

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CALIFORNIA LID BMP 
SIZING TOOL

A tool to assist in selecting and sizing LID Best Management Practices that meet the sizing requirements set forth in California's NPDES permit. 

Source: Office of Water Programs, Sacramento State

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GREEN VALUES BMP 
CALCULATOR

This calculator allows you to define one or more properties and then evaluate what combination of Green Infrastructure BMPs meet the necessary runoff reduction goal in a cost-effective way. 

Source: Center for Neighborhood Technology

I-TREE TOOLS

I-Tree tools can be used to estimate long-term environmental benefits from tree planting projects including GHG reduction, carbon sequestration and stormwater runoff avoided. 

Source: Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition

NATIONAL TREE BENEFIT CALCULATOR

Technical guidance and site planning strategies for low impact development (LID) tailored to Southern California. 

Source: Casey Tree and Davey Tree Expert Co.

LID MANUAL FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Technical guidance and site planning strategies for low impact development (LID) tailored to Southern California. 

Source: Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition

LA COUNTY LID STANDARDS MANUAL

This manual provides guidance for the implementation of stormwater quality control measures in new development and redevelopment projects. 

Source: LA County Department of Public Works

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STORMWATER BMP HANDBOOK

This handbook provides 
general guidance for selecting and implementing BMPs that reduce pollutants in runoff in newly developed and redeveloped areas.
 

Source: California Stormwater Quality Association

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DESIGN YOUR COMPLETE STREET

Use this tool to design, remix, and share your street. Add bike paths, trees, planting buffers, widen sidewalks or traffic lanes, and learn how all of this can impact your community. 

Source: Streetmix.net

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CALSCAPE NATIVE PLANT SELECTION TOOL

When considering plant palettes, this tool will help identify and filter native plants local to your site. 

Source: California Native Plant Society

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CAL-IPC INVASIVE PLANT INVENTORY

When considering plant palettes, this inventory will help you identify what plants NOT to use on your site. 

Source: California Invasive Plant Council