A collaboration between Greener Spaces Better Places and Living Melbourne

As anyone working in the urban greening space will know all too well, there’s no shortage of information, tools, resources and case studies out there that can help you to plan, manage, protect and enhance green cover.

The trouble is, however, this information is often disparate and incomplete – making it difficult to access the most appropriate tools, resources and best practice examples.

That’s why we've collected these existing materials together – including tools, guides, publications and case studies – and curate the best of them in a single place: right here, in the Urban Greeners' Resource Hub.

This Hub has been curated following consultation with a panel of urban greening implementation, research and technical experts from across Australia, and we gratefully acknowledge their support and input.

Know about a resource that you believe should be considered in further iterations of the Hub? Please get in touch.

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Cool Streets

By Libby Gallagher

Cool Streets© combines scientific research and public engagement, working with local communities to implement effective street tree plantings that provide shade in heat-affected urban areas and reduce CO2 emissions. Cools Streets© grew from Dr Libby Gallagher’s research into the potential of streets to tackle climate change. Libby’s research found that a few simple changes to a street design could reduce CO2 emissions, cool neighbourhoods and reduce electricity bills for residents. Cool Streets© provides a practical way for people to take action. Residents, community groups, schools, councils, housing corporations and developers can get involved and achieve environmental, economic and social benefits for their local area. In partnership with Gallagher Studios.

National Case studies Stakeholder engagement

Council Arboriculture Victoria Public Resources

By Council Arboriculture Victoria – 2020

CAV is committed to freely exchanging knowledge and information that benefits the arboriculture industry. They provide resources to support best practice arboriculture across the public and private realms. Their resources include guidelines and tools to aid tree assessment and reporting for development projects.

Victoria Additional Resources

Creating Greener Places for Healthy and Sustainable Communities: Ideas for Quality Green Public Space in South Australia

By Australian Institute of Landscape Architects – 2019

This document has been developed through collaboration between SA Governmemt departments and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (SA Chapter). It provides a strong framework for community members, landscape professionals, urban planning professionals, local Councils and regional authorities to protect and enhance quality green spaces in recognition of the health, wellbeing and environmental benefits they provide. In partnership with South Australian Government.

South Australia Implementation tools State-specific

Developer Guide: What's the Story?

By Greener Spaces Better Places – 2019

Plants and trees. They can make a development amazing, but it’s not as easy as just designing them in. All stakeholders need to be brought along on the journey. This guide explores five developments which use green space in a big way, then outlines the stories and narratives used to get various stakeholders across the line.

National Stakeholder engagement

Establishing Victoria's Ecological Infrastructure: A Guide to Creating Climate Future Plots

By Greening Australia – 2020

This guide provides a step-by-step process for organisations and community groups to plan, establish and monitor Climate Future Plots, and to establish a network of climate-resilient plant communities. What's a Climate Future Plot? Climate Future Plots are areas of revegetated and restored land which incorporate genetic and/or species diversity to enhance habitat resilience to the uncertain and unpredictable effects of climate change. By including and monitoring the success of a mixture of local and climate pre-adapted plant genotypes (such as seed from hotter and drier climates) the plots aim to enhance the resilience of natural landscapes to the changing climate and to actively inform future restoration and biodiversity conservation management. In partnership with Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

Victoria Implementation tools

Evaluating Revealed Preferences for Street Tree Cover Targets: A Business Case for Collaborative Investment in Leafier Streetscapes in Brisbane, Australia

By Lyndal Plant – 2017

Many cities are seeking to optimise the ecosystem service benefits of urban trees by incorporating goals for increasing tree canopy cover into strategies that promote liveability and urban sustainability. This study adapts revealed preference valuation techniques as a combined policy evaluation and business case tool with broader application to urban forest planning and investment. In partnership with Alicia Rambaldi and Neil Sipe.

Queensland Urban greening benefits

Explore Sustainable Water Projects in the City of Melbourne

By City of Melbourne – 2020

The City of Melbourne is working to create a sustainable and resilient water system that will support liveability into the future. As well as changing the way we manage and use water, we are completing projects that provide alternative sources of water, increase permeability and reduce pollution in our waterways.

Victoria Case studies

Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

By The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – 2019

This report represents a critical assessment - the first ever carried out by an intergovernmental body -of the status and trends of the natural world, the social implications of these trends, their direct and indirect causes, and, importantly, the actions that can still be taken to ensure a better future for all. These complex links have been assessed using a simple, yet very inclusive framework that should resonate with a wide range of stakeholders, since it recognises diverse world views, values and knowledge systems.

International Urban greening benefits

Green Factor Tool

By Melbourne City Council – 2019

Green Factor is a green infrastructure assessment tool designed by City of Melbourne and developed to help with designing and constructing new buildings that are environmentally friendly and include green infrastructure.

Victoria Implementation tools

Green People are from Mars, Engineers are from Venus

By Greener Spaces Better Places – 2017

This discussion guide explores the working relationship between green space practitioners and engineers, including barriers to collaboration between these two groups, and ways they can be overcome.

National Stakeholder engagement