A collaboration between Greener Spaces Better Places and Living Melbourne
The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub has released a free e-book, Cities for People and Nature. The e-book showcases the hub’s findings following six years of research. It follows five key themes: cities are Indigenous places, air quality, urban greening, urban biodiversity and future cities. It also explores the impact that the Hub’s research has made on the sustainability and liveability of our urban environments. Readers can interact with the multimedia elements, including video and audio, and find links to useful resources, such as apps, factsheets, reports and more.
The Cool it project used existing spatial data to determine urban areas of 9 Victorian regional and rural Councils that were socially vulnerable to heat impacts. The methodology objective was to pinpoint the intersection of Social Vulnerability, Pedestrian Intensity and Heat.
iTree Eco is one of the suite of tools that provides quantification of the functional services provided by urban trees. Arboriculture Australia with the support of industry partners worked with the U.S. Forest Service to customise iTree Eco for use in Australia.
This research project was tasked with looking at tools and methods available around the world, and currently used in Australia, for mapping, monitoring and reporting on urban green space – as well as investigating the areas relating to urban green space that stakeholders such as local councils, landscape architects and others are interested to see reporting on. The project developed a blueprint for a potentially nationally-consistent urban green space decision-support framework.
The Tree Costing Tool is designed to calculate the life cycle cost of urban tree projects. It provides a systematic and user-friendly approach to project cost evaluation based on size and location requirements. Along with the tool comes the instruction manual which provides step by step instructions for users to work through the Tree Costing Tool spreadsheet and enter project details. After entering all the required values, the tool provides a results summary. Users have the option to analyse and compare three projects within the tool. These resources were produced as part of the Hort Innovation Nursery Fund project Budget tool to calculate the cost to successfully establish trees in the urban landscape (NY18003).
The VBA species observations are a foundation dataset that feeds into some of the many biodiversity tools used in DELWP’s everyday decision making - showing where wildlife is now and how this has changed over time. You can use the atlas to search and map species from across the state, check for threatened species in your area.