2018 publications

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The Natural value of discovery park:
The public benefits of seattle’s largest park

Seattle is known for its dramatic coastline, mountain vistas, and its thriving public parks. In fact, Seattle has one of the most robust public park systems in the county. And the crown jewel, an open space that embodies the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, is none other than Discovery Park. Every year Discovery Park provides more than $1 million, on average, worth of ecosystem goods and services.

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The Natural Value of Meadowdale Beach Park:
A benefit-Cost analysis of the meadowdale beach park
and estuary restoration project

As one of Latin America’s fastest growing populations, Panama’s economy depends on nature. The communities within the Panama District rely on benefits provided by 11 ecosystem services, which contribute over $1.6 billion each year in critical ecosystem services from the surrounding watershed.

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Gem of the emerald corridor
nature’s value in the mt. baker-snoqualmie national forest

The Emerald Corridor comprises one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, with a regional economy of $347 billion and a population of 4.5 million people and counting, the Emerald Corridor is an important economy on the rise. Our analysis investigates how nature is driving this growth, and the results are pretty eye-opening. If we view the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBSNF) as a natural asset that will provide valuable services, products, and jobs to our regional economy for at least 100 years its total asset value is estimated to be $1 trillion.

Key Words: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, MBSNF, Emerald Corridor, Washington State, Pacific Northwest, Trillion, Ecosystem Services Analysis, Johnny Mojica, Tania Briceno, Corrine Armistead

Partner: The Wilderness Society


The economic value of natural capital in
Panama City’s Watersheds and associated ecosystems

As one of Latin America’s fastest growing populations, Panama’s economy depends on nature. The communities within the Panama District rely on benefits provided by 11 ecosystem services, which contribute over $1.6 billion each year in critical ecosystem services from the surrounding watershed.

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The natural value of forest park
an ecosystem services valuation of
america’s premier urban forest

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Go Green:
Muni Bond financing for distributed water solutions

A Primer for Water Leaders on how to Debt-Finance Distributed Infrastructure Projects and Consumer Rebates. The past couple of years we’ve worked to strengthen our partnership and influence with the General Accounting Standards Board (GASB), which sets accounting rules for state and local governments throughout the country. By helping GASB clarify the use of one of its standards – a clarification that was recently published in GASB’s 2018 Implementation Guide – we opened a way for state and local agencies to count natural capital as assets.

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Partner: WaterNow Alliance


The food that grows out of the water
The economic benefits of wild rice in minnesota

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farmland lp 2017 impact report
Valuing the ecosystem service benefits
from regenerative agriculture practices

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Outdoor community Projects
Washington State

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Projects to Portfolios: Mainstreaming large-scale investment in integrated infrastructure

Following 10 months of extensive research—including interviews, literature review, process mapping, and econometric modelling —we developed the Blueprint for Increased Investment in Green Infrastructure, designed to support cities across the country to identify actionable steps toward growing their urban portfolios of green infrastructure assets to scale.

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Building urban resilience with nature:
A practitioner’s guide to action

The South Platte River Watershed provides extensive value, approximately $7.4 billion per year in ecosystem services, to the economy and people of the watershed. 

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Partner: 100 Resilient Cities


COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE FUTURE FUNDING STUDY:
FUTURE FUNDING OF OUTDOOR RECREATION AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT 

In partnership with Meridian Institute, Earth Economics assessed CPW’s potential revenue from new funding mechanisms including vehicle registration fees, excise taxes, and recreation user fees. This study aims to provide economic and policy analysis as well as user group perspectives to inform CPW’s ongoing funding conversation.


The Economic Impact of 2016 Loma Fire

Earth Economics assessed the true cost of a wildfire to reveal smarter land management decisions. As elsewhere in the West, the Santa Cruz Mountains are becoming more vulnerable to wildfires. Understanding the costs of these fires can help planners and developers act to prevent future damages. The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) requested a comprehensive cost analysis of the September 2016 Loma Fire in Santa Clara County to better understand the nature of the damages as well as to prompt discussion about policies and land management measures that could reduce the scale, impacts, and cost of future wildfire events.


Benefit-Cost Analysis of Selected Actions from the Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan

The Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan is an important step toward ensuring community resilience and economic sustainability. As part of this plan, the Thurston Regional Planning Council is considering several actions to prepare for climate change impacts. This report provides a holistic benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for two climate adaptation actions that go beyond traditional economic measures to take nature’s services into account.


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