Carbon Planner Launches

We're excited to announce the launch of a web app that we believe will change the game of land development in California--and beyond.   When I left my architectural/planning practice three years ago, I had an environmental concern and a development goal:

  • The CONCERN: Climate change is real and dangerous. We in the land development industry have a major role to play in reducing its effects.
  • The GOAL: To get early strategic decision information on the carbon impact of projects into the hands of as many of the players as possible as early as possible.

Attacking the dual issues of climate change and regulatory complexity, we introduced CarbonPlanner in October 2014, a new web app for forecasting and mitigating greenhouse gases from land development projects.  For California, it's a critical GHG impact tool in your hands at the start of a project, rather than at the end, when money and time has been spent and changes are costly.  Designed as a pre-screening tool, it's going to revolutionize how we plan projects. 

With essentially no training and only your first project ideas, you can take Carbon Planner through alternative scenarios that illustrate clearly:

  1. Business as Usual GHG emissions from all CEQA categories
  2. A menu of mitigation strategies to reduce GHG impact

In the California development industry, time is money.  Land is expensive, project entitlement is time-consuming and local and state regulations are complex.  Carbon Planner is designed to get your project to "yes" faster and with less controversy than ever before.  It's going to help jurisdictions review projects and get everyone on the same page.

The CarbonPlanner Return on Investment is off the charts for developers, public agencies and consultants.

  • For Developers:  If you can reduce the time to entitlement, your land carry, interest and associated project cost are reduced, and the project's cash flow turns positive that much faster.  CarbonPlanner lets your team focus on the most desirable projects, sooner.
  • For Public Agencies:  If you can review and process projects faster and have more leverage on greener projects, you can do more with less budget and resources, and be part of the planning team at a strategy level.
  • For Consultants:  If you can give your client better advice on the climate impacts of a project and ease the path through CEQA, you add value and have a competitive advantage.
  • For Communities and Environmental Organizations:  With Carbon Planner, you can be there at the table with workable environmental ideas that can result in a greener project, one that your community can get behind.

Perhaps most important, it is a very simple way to communicate environmental objectives among all these players.  Here's how it works:

  • The basic input is the site, its location and a first cut at a development program. 
  • These choices are connected with building performance, industry standards, utility data, water-embedded energy date and other data, combining to produce a "Business as Usual" measure of GHG--Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent per Year.
  • Carbon emissions are mitigated by choosing from a menu of mitigation strategies for transportation, energy, water, construction and solid waste.  These are compared to business as usual emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalents to show the absolute and percentage reductions.
  • We'd like to show you how you can use and benefit from this state of the art tool.


Pat Dawe, CEO

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