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Tracking Your Green Infrastructure


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OpenTreeMap is a platform that enables individuals and organizations to map and inventory their urban forest. This webinar provides an overview of OpenTreeMap's Green Infrastructure module and was given by Azavea on November 11, 2015. For more information on OpenTreeMap visit or email us at

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Tracking Your Green Infrastructure

  1. 1. Tracking Your Green Infrastructure November 11, 2015
  2. 2. About Us Deborah Boyer OpenTreeMap Project Manager 215.701.7506 Karissa Justice OpenTreeMap Business Development 215.558.6184 Philip Silva TreeKIT Co-Founder
  3. 3. Agenda • Overview of OpenTreeMap • Tracking Green Infrastructure • Bioswales and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy • Encouraging Community Interest in Green Infrastructure • Future Updates to OpenTreeMap • Questions
  4. 4. A collaborative platform for crowdsourced tree inventory, ecosystem services calculations, urban forestry analysis, and community engagement
  5. 5. OpenTreeMap History • Urban Forest Map • USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Phase 1 • Launch of PhillyTreeMap, GreenprintMaps, Treezilla, and more • Released as open source project • USDA Phase 2 Grant • Launch of OpenTreeMap Cloud - TreeMapLA, yegTreeMap, and more • Customized pricing with green infrastructure and other options
  6. 6. About Azavea • Founded in 2000 • 50+ people • Based in Philadelphia • B Corporation • Geospatial + web + mobile – Software development – Spatial analysis services – User experience
  7. 7. Partners and Funders
  8. 8. Key Features of OpenTreeMap • Map and explore tree data • Add and edit trees online • Track stewardship activities • Add photos and leave comments • View eco benefits calculated using i-Tree Streets • Mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices • Export data as csv • Customize data fields and other options • Upload existing inventories and update species list
  9. 9. Green Infrastructure
  10. 10. Goals • Enable organizations to track green infrastructure resources such as bioswales and rain barrels • Include administrative options to customize green infrastructure tracking to meet the needs of individual organizations • Integrate with existing tree data and search options • Support including custom ecosystem benefit calculations if available
  11. 11. Why green infrastructure? • Organizations increasingly focused on supporting green infrastructure installation in residential areas • Water conservation is crucial as climates change and drought becomes more frequent • Stormwater management is essential in areas with a large amount of impervious surface • Trees are part of green infrastructure but don’t tell the whole story
  12. 12. TreeMapLA and Watershed Solutions • Rain gardens, rain barrels/cisterns/tanks, turf/concrete reductions • Include ecosystem service calculations • Draw attention to the importance of water conservation
  13. 13. What to track? • Bioswales, rain gardens, and rain barrels • Point and polygon based resources • Support customization options
  14. 14. Customization • Select which resources to track • Change the terminology for a resource type or green infrastructure overall • Add custom fields and stewardship options • Set which user roles can view and edit data
  15. 15. Demo
  16. 16. But what about? • Green infrastructure on mobile • Ecobenefit calculations • Other types of green infrastructure resources
  17. 17. Gowanus Canal Conservancy
  18. 18. Tracking Bioswales
  19. 19. Community Engagement
  20. 20. Why Track Green Infrastructure? • Make your map the central repository for data related to all elements of green infrastructure • Capture information on green infrastructure installation, programs, and resources • Look for patterns in where rain barrels, bioswales, and other green infrastructure resources are installed • Demonstrate the potential for and importance of installing new green infrastructure resources • Track ecosystem benefits to show the economic and environmental value of green infrastructure
  21. 21. How Do I Get People Involved? • Ask rain barrel recipients to add barrels to the map • Coordinate with other groups to combine lists of green infrastructure resources • Provide information during yard tree giveaways • Develop educational materials around how to identify ideal locations for green infrastructure • Look into incentive programs for installing green infrastructure and require mapping of the results
  22. 22. Upcoming Features
  23. 23. Recently Added • Set custom fields and field order on mobile apps • Choose number of trees • Suspend your map • Management page notification bubbles • Green infrastructure and customization modules
  24. 24. Future Features • Set advanced search filters • Export ecosystem benefit numbers • Urban forest modeling and prioritization • Create and customize information pages • Custom cartography
  25. 25. Summary • Tracking green infrastructure gives a more complete picture of sustainability in your community • Customization options support adapting the software to meet the needs of your group • Encourage your volunteers and community to explore the benefits of green infrastructure • Build a tree map that meets your needs and that can grow with you
  26. 26. Questions?
  27. 27. Contact Us Deborah Boyer OpenTreeMap Project Manager 215.701.7506 Karissa Justice OpenTreeMap Business Development 215.558.6184 Philip Silva TreeKIT Co-Founder
  28. 28. Exploring Collaborative Tree Inventory with OpenTreeMap Tracking Your Green Infrastructure November 11, 2015