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Who's got the best tool for predicting the climate impacts of urban development?  That depends on what you're trying to solve for, and at what scale of urban development.  Over the last few years, computer-based tools such as CalEEMod have come on line to help us predict climate change impacts.  Some sophisticated models are intended for large-scale regional planning, and others for limited impacts, like local traffic. 

Many of these models such as CalEEMod are free to download, but can't be run by anyone who doesn't have training or experience in estimating climate change impacts.  You end up hiring an expensive consultant to crunch the numbers, while what you really want is helpful upfront pre-screening information that will show you what's possible given what you know now. With good early information, you can save time and effort, bringing the decision-makers together toward "yes".  

With CarbonPlanner, you see immediately if your project is within a Threshold of Significance for GHG.  If it isn't, you know right now, and the tool gives you a menu of mitigations that can lower the carbon footprint within the MTCO2E/yr/service population recommended benchmark.  That could be the greatest thing for developers and consultants since, well, you know.

CarbonPlanner is a tool for the rest of us, who really need strategic information right now, before we spend serious time and money on projects that won't fly.

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