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.

Australia’s #1 collection of best practice tools, guides and resources for professionals. Made in partnership with Living Melbourne.

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 City Guidelines

By AIPH – 2020

The ‘Green City Guidelines’ project is an internationally targeted initiative that aims to provide practitioners and decision-makers with the essential information they need to understand and communicate the benefits of urban green space or more accurately green infrastructure.

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

Green the Street: Case Studies

By Green the Street / Catherine Simpson – 2019

Green the Street’s aim is to create greener, more inclusive, walkable and cycling focussed, cooler and sustainable streets in our cities through advocacy, major installations, street planting parties and connecting our growing network.

International Case studies

Greener Neighbourhood Guide

By NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – 2021

The Greener Neighbourhoods guide aims to support councils to develop or update strategic plans to enhance urban tree canopy. This guide is for local governments across NSW who want to establish, build upon or re-envisage strategic planning for their urban forests. It gives guidance on how to understand, plan for, monitor and manage urban forests and promotes best practice and consistency in urban forest planning.

New South Wales Implementation tools Case studies State-specific

Greening Melbourne: One Laneway at a Time

By City of Melbourne – 2019

From growing vertical gardens to planting trees and creating pocket parks, many of Melbourne's laneways have enormous potential to become the city’s backyard. There are over two hundred lanes in the central city, making up an area of almost nine hectares. City of Melbourne's (CoM) Green Your Laneway program helps transform the city’s laneways into leafy, green and useable spaces for everyone to enjoy. As part of the program, CoM developed a world-first interactive map to show laneways that could go green, based on the amount of sunlight they receive, exposure to wind and physical characteristics.

Victoria Case studies

Greening the West

By Greening the West – 2020

Greening the West is a collaborative regional initiative that’s about enriching communities in Melbourne’s west through the development of green spaces.

Victoria Case studies

Growing Green Guide

By State of Victoria, through the VAS Partnership, the Inner Melbourne Action Plan and the University of Melbourne. – 2014

These guidelines will help to develop an understanding of the technology and build knowledge about the benefits and methods of green roof/wall/facade design, construction and maintenance for all sectors of the industry. Green roofs and walls provide a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits, both public and private. They can reduce urban heat loadings and stormwater run-off, increase the energy efficiency and liveability of buildings, provide a range of habitat outcomes and even produce food.

Victoria Implementation tools

Health benefits from water centric liveable communities

By Frontier Economics – 2019

This comprehensive document assists in understanding and quantifying the liveability associated health benefits of water industry investments in order to better inform investment decisions.

Victoria Urban greening benefits
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