The purpose of collecting your EcoBenefits data is measuring the ecological and economic benefits of parks. The categories that we are currently examining in the EcoBenefits calculator are the environmental, economic, and social impacts, which reflect the greater value of parks and relate to a macro-economic picture. Eventually, we will expand on the social value of park resources in areas of health, education, and community cohesion. Of even greater significance will be the indirect economic benefits, including the recurring value in dollars and jobs of the lands and facilities serving the community. For example, a lighted soccer field not only entails the capital cost of building, but also the annual cost of maintenance, equipment, uniforms, officials, trophies, and numerous other related expenses that benefit community businesses and residents.
The numbers generated by the EcoBenefits calculator may be estimates and are intended to be conservative. Nonetheless, community residents may be surprised by the numbers reported. In each of the examined areas, research is provided and cited that justifies the values used. Within each of the larger categories are the sub-benefit areas. All of these are consistent with research conducted by NRPA.
After logging into PRORAGIS, look for the EcoBenefits calculator to appear as the final tab under your Full PRORAGIS profile.
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